By Angelo Unegbu
Same thing that happened on 1st March 2023 was exactly what happened in Imo state on 14th January 2020 when someone who came 4th was forced on the people as the governor of the state.
The same mourning mood Nigeria has been thrown into since 1st March was the same mood Imo state was plunged into with the decision of the Supreme Court on Imo state governorship election.
Till date, Imo state is still mourning.
Hundreds, especially, of young men have lost their lives, thousands are missing, many houses and parts of some villages have been set ablaze and some villages have been sacked from their ancestral homes by certain unknown gunmen.
Several bushes have been taken over by terrorists who operate freely without any military intervention.
All these began to happen after the decision of the supreme court on 14th January 2020.
As Nigeria, via the Labour Party, goes to court to reclaim her stolen mandate, we hope to meet a court that is really different from that of 2020.
We hope to see a court that understands its role as the last hope of the common man rarher than one that is used in obstructing justice.
We hope to see a court that has repented from its evil ways. We hope to see a court that understands that its failure to deliver justice can plunge the nation into perpetual tumoil.
Lets watch and see!
THANKS MR PETER OBI
Till recently, no one had believed that an election could be done anywhere in Africa without financial inducement, thuggery or manipulation of votes.
However, it is also necessary to state that election mal-practices were unknown in Africa before colonialism. They were introduced in Africa by the African colonialists and sustained by neo-colonialists in order to make sure that the political leaders of their choice continue to remain in power.
Since colonialism, especially since after the independence, electoral fraud has remained part and parcel of politics in Africa. It became the structure for winning an election. This has remained the foundation of mis-governance in Africa.
In all, the question that no one has been able to provide a concrete answer for has been: How can electoral malpractices be stopped in Africa? Who will bell the cat?
For the first time someone emerged and said “I will” For the first time in the history of Western democracy in Africa someone campaigned for an election wiithout financial inducement and won!
For the first time people turned out en masse to vote in an election without material inducement before, during or after casting their votes.
62 years after the Nigerian independence from Britain the foundations of political rascality, mis-governance, corruption, joblessness, insecurity have been addressed.
The name of the man who did this is Mr Peter Obi. Thanks so much Mr Peter Obi.
@views exclusive rights: Angelo Chidi Unegbu, writes, March 3-4, 2023.