The revelation came from Donald Duke. Well, not much of a revelation as its always been an open secret. Perhaps it is the dramatic blow by blow account of how the electoral system is manipulated to produce phony results that made the expose particularly interesting.
Being a former state governor and one who reigned under the wings of the ruling PDP, he should know. While we can not ascertain what has informed his sudden repentance and decision to be generous with hitherto ‘confidential’ information complete with tales of how money for bribing election officers is stashed in “Ghana Must go” bags, I think Nigerians should be grateful to him, for once again he has reminded us of the need for us to participate in the electioneering process or else leave it for the usurpers of our collective will to continue to have a field day.
Elections in Nigeria have continued to be the means by which the citizens legitimized their disenfranchisement. For no matter how much of a charade it is, it produces a government which is recognized by the constitution as legitimate but which has no moral obligation to us as a people. Donald Duke’s confession posits that it is essentially not the law or the identity of the Chairman of the INEC that influences the outcome of elections. It is instead, a function of the people’s interest or lack of it in the process, that is the culprit.
For while we look the other way, attending weddings or catching up on movies at home on Election Day, we leave them free to their activities without the very least of opposition. Read more here