Nigeria's Democracy nearing extinction?

Since Nigeria's rebirth otherwise called independence on October 1, 1960 and the attempt of its leaders to democratize its governance during the first, second and third republics, these attempts have never been at a threat than it had manifested itself in the hands of its civilian dictator and former President Obasanjo from the early years of the fourth republic. This is particularly brought to focus during the tyrannical and undemocratic preparations and conduct of the April 2007 general elections. It is therefore no longer news to Nigerians to hear that Obasanjo has done another thing during the preparatory days of the elections to subvert the onward march of our democratic process.

Beginning from the manipulations of the mischievous clearance of candidates for various elective positions across the parties, the manipulations of the ruling party's primaries and to some extent the unjust and biased rulings of some election petition tribunals and appeal courts, one can confidently and without any fear of contradiction say that the results of the April 2007 elections were just a sham. Even international and local election observers and monitors then described the conduct of the elections by INEC as a fraud, unfair, faulty, designed to award victory to the ruling party's candidates at all levels and far below international and Nigerian standards.

Even the re-run elections ordered by the courts after nullifications of some results at all levels, particularly the governorship positions in Kogi and lately in Adamawa were nothing to right home about. They were worse than the April last year's elections.

From the onset, no one expected the fight to be an easy one. The might, goodwill and doggedness of Atiku cannot just be washed away. The PDP too as the party in power in the state also stands at a good advantage at least even if it is in the control of large sums of money, ie the state treasury which they can use to their maximum advantage in buying their ways from voters, security agents and even importing terrors from the neighbouring Gombe, Taraba and Borno states to do their biddings. In actual fact, the PDP perfected its electoral fraud and even introduced a new dimension into it by paying its agents including security agents to snatch, confiscate and seize ballot boxes from dully authorised electoral workers after the casting of the votes and invalidated the votes of the opposition Action Congress, AC among other things.

Even though PDP is in no doubt about the political strength of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the country and in his home state, Adamawa, they were reported to have mobilized all the PDP governors to donate funds to fight him to finish in order for him to loose his grip of the state. The general belief among an average Adamwa indigene and other Nigerians is that the victory of PDP's Murtala Nyako at the April 26, 2008 re-run governorship elections is another fraud and electoral robbery against the good people of the state.

If the results released by INEC are anything to go by, then one has no alternative but to believe that PDP has done what it knows best again. Murtala Nyako of the PDP polled 361, 729 votes to defeat his major opponent Ibrahim Bapetel of AC' who polled 201,767 from the 21 local government areas of the state. The most surprising aspect of the result of the Adamawa election was that it was a total victory in all the council areas for PDP. Atiku and the AC candidate were defeated by PDP in their wards and local governments. Could this be believed by any sane person?

It is very clear from the preparations that INEC headed by Maurice Iwu is a major culprit in the strangulation of the people's right to vote in leaders of their choice. INEC as it is today has severally subverted the peoples wish by doing things that are largely considered as partial and complimentary in denying Nigerians leaders they voted for. Even the line up of the parties logo in the ballot papers in Adamawa state was done in such a way that AC was put in a serious disadvantaged position which resulted in it loosing its votes to AD and MRDD. INEC has deliberately done so to disenfranchise the AC supporters who are ordinarily more than those of PDP. And one can say that INEC has succeeded in doing so because more than one hundred thousands votes were invalidated against AC.

Like the AC candidate, Bapatel said at a press conference shortly after the results were announced, ‘the results were not a true reflection of the votes of the people of the state. This is just a fairy tale'. Over the years, results of any elections so far in the state were never a landslide victory to one party because of the heterogeneous nature of the state. Therefore the INEC result is certainly alien to the peoples of the state. It is the climax of the auctioning of the rights of the people of Adamawa state. No more, no less.

One has therefore no alternative but to believe the threat of the national Chairman of the PDP, Vincent Ogbualofor, that his party will rule the country for the next 60 years. In other words the party was ready to turn the country into a one party state, thus practising monocracy and not democracy as they practice the world over.

Well thank God for conscientitoius and selfless politicians and statesmen like Atiku, who had saved this country from Obasanjo's third term agenda. I have no doubt in my mind that Atiku will use his party, AC and other platforms to fight for the sustenance of true democracy in the country  and as a result save us from the tyrannical rule of the PDP. The struggle to free Nigerians from the hands of evil doers in the PDP is certainly not an easy one but we are confident that Atiku is equal to the task. May he not be discouraged by the illegal and do or die winner takes all style of the PDP.

The end will certainly justify the means. Atiku should not relax the fight. He is the only hope of all well meaning Nigerians and true democrats. You must not allow our hard earned democracy to be thrown to the dogs. The efforts of the founding fathers of our independence and democracy from the colonialists must not be in vain. You must keep it alive and one day the fruits of their and your labour will surely come to the homes of all Nigerians.

I was surprised the other day when I read in one of the dailies that Senator Joseph Waku was referring to Atiku as ‘arrogant and one whose ego has has overridden his simple approaches to politics.' It is my view and that of several Nigerians that Atiku is the second most level Northern politician ever coming closely after the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria's first Prime Minister. What Waku said about Atiku is nothing but the ‘pull him down syndrome' approach in self centred Nigerians to our successful brothers and sisters.

The so called defeat of AC and Atiku in the Adamawa re-run governorship election was never a defeat to Atiku. Rather this will further confirm to Nigerians the desperation of the PDP to continue cowing the opposition and thus milking the country dry. I therefore disagree that Atiku is finished politically because of the Adamawa rip-off.  All Nigerians know what is at stake. Atiku will remain a key factor in Nigeria's politics for a long time to come. He is one politician who has remained tactful, calculating and transparent despite the smear and several attempts to bury him by the leader of the do or die politics, Obasanjo and his likes. 



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Re: Nigeria's Democracy nearing extinction?
Luchi posted on 05-02-2008, 08:30:42 AM
So it was okay when Atiku and the PDP rigged elections in 1999 and 2003? What goes round comes round, he should be man enough to reap what he has sown. BTW, Atiku commended INEC for a job well done only to turn around crying blue murder because he was out-rigged. Typical Nigerian politician that only applauds the system when it is going to favour him. For your information, OBJ and Atiku(forget his third term garagara) belong to the same clique, Nigeria is better off without them polluting the polity.
Re: Nigeria's Democracy nearing extinction?
Son of the Delta posted on 05-02-2008, 09:21:57 AM
What never existed can never be on the verge of extinction.
Re: Nigeria's Democracy nearing extinction?
Denker posted on 05-02-2008, 09:28:53 AM
QUOTE:
It is my view and that of several Nigerians that Atiku is the second most level Northern politician ever coming closely after the late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria's first Prime Minister.


..old-boy, if na so then i wish you goodluck...so atiku, the big thief is now a role model..
Re: Nigeria's Democracy nearing extinction?
Olusola posted on 05-02-2008, 09:40:30 AM
It is now crystal clear that Atiku has no political base anywhere in the country. For eight years, he along with Boni Haruna reduced Adamawa to a personal estate. It is no wonder the people roundly rejected him and his lackey, Bapatel. Don't worry, his biggest disgrace would come when Tinubu and his mad dogs in AC will expel suspend or expel him from their party which he has been scheming to hijack. And by the way, who was Atiku until Obj brought him to relevance as VP?
Re: Nigeria's Democracy nearing extinction?
Picato posted on 05-02-2008, 10:01:50 AM
Democracy. Ha! What democracy? Have your votes ever counted in Nigeria? What issues do the politicians represent? Abeeg na wetin exist in the first place na im de end.
Re: Nigeria's Democracy nearing extinction?
ILN TOO posted on 05-02-2008, 11:29:26 AM
Well thank God for conscientitoius and selfless politicians and statesmen like Atiku, who had saved this country from Obasanjo’s third term agenda. I have no doubt in my mind that Atiku will use his party, AC and other platforms to fight for the sustenance of true democracy in the country and as a result save us from the tyrannical rule of the PDP. The struggle to free Nigerians from the hands of evil doers in the PDP is certainly not an easy one but we are confident that Atiku is equal to the task. May he not be discouraged by the illegal and do or die winner takes all style of the PDP.

Athiefku a selfless politician? Oh give me a break. Trying to sell atiku at this time will only achieve one result. Failure, with a capital F. Let us face it; we supported Atiku when he was fighting the third term because we were all tired of Obasanjo. Now that Obasanjo is gone, Atiku has ceased to be relevant, forever. Nigerians have suddenly recalled his inordinate greed, his unbridled ambition to turn the Nigerian state into his own personal empire. What have Atiku and his puppet Boni Haruna done to Adamawa State in eight years? Nothing. What can Atiku now achieve that he had not been able to achieve in eight years as nigeria's number two (i like the pun!)? Atiku fought the third term merely to protect his own personal ambition of becoming the president of Nigeria. At no point did the average Nigerian matter. And we all knew it!!!. We were not blind to his numerous atrocities. Obasanjo just happened to be more atrocious. So it was expedient for the Nigerian masses to gang up with Atiku (he used to have considerable political clout) against Matiyu Okikiolakan Obasanjo. The marriage between Atiku and the Nigerian masses was that of convenience; a relationship that was sustained by the extraordinary exigencies of the moment. Now that the anomalous situation (in the form of Matiyu Okikiolakan Obasanjo) has been permanently removed, we, the Nigerian masses have decided that we don't know Atiku from Adam. Our marriage with him is now null and void. It was fun while it lasted.

My sister, Atiku has had his chance to make a difference. He blew it. No one in their right senses will give the greedy vampire a second bite at the cherry. In fact, in more decent societies, Atiku would be behind bars now, along with Olu Baba and the thirty six thieves. Abeg go and collect your quid pro quo for this job but please don’t come here to insult our collective intelligence.

Atiku is equal to the task? i can tell you that Atiku is equal to................NOTHING.
Re: Nigeria's Democracy nearing extinction?
JAGA-JAGA posted on 05-02-2008, 13:42:55 PM
One has therefore no alternative but to believe the threat of the national Chairman of the PDP, Vincent Ogbualofor, that his party will rule the country for the next 60 years. In other words the party was ready to turn the country into a one party state, thus practising monocracy and not democracy as they practice the world over.

BTW are you aware that it was Umaru Dikko who first mentioned in 1983 that his party NPN will win in 1983, win in 1987 and win forever? Did you remember that late chief Awolowo did refer to Dikko as Hitlers chief propagandist Josef Goebbel who boasted that the third Riech will last for one thousand generations? So, do not be disillusioned about Ogbulafor's remarks, the foundation has already been laid by the same ruling class of which Atiku belonged.

Atiku can therefore not extricate himself from the scandalous election rigging now made permanent in this country. He is part and parcel of the whole grand deception called politics as currently pratised in Nigeira. He Atiku is now crying foul for having been outwitted in the politricks and corrupted democracy which they all agreed to put in place.

Please let us hear something reasonable. Atiku cannot wash his hands off the happenings in the political landscape of Nigeria. He is as gulity as the rest of the current Nigerian politicans. The only difference is that he was not allowed to rig his party into power just as PDP which they all set up is currently doing.
Re: Nigeria's Democracy nearing extinction?
Onari posted on 05-02-2008, 15:34:13 PM
To put it succinctly..Nigeria Democracy can be best described as dead on arrival or It was a late abortion. Something that never even started, we can not think of extinction.
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