Before proceeding, permit me to use this medium to condemn the post presidential election violence in the Northern parts of Nigeria. Let me also commiserate with those families that lost innocent people. My concerns are that, crises of this nature seem to have no end in sight. Human lives have no value and meaning in Nigeria. I heard that some states are evacuating youth corpers from their states of origin from crises areas (Bauchi etc). I was also reliably informed that even the Presidential candidate of the Congress For Progressive Change (Gen. Buhari) was not spared during the crises. His convoy was attacked.
The Congress For Progressive Change is seeking for the forensic examination of the Presidential election votes in 22 states of the federation. I supported and campaigned for Buhari/Bakare ticket under CPC Party, but I would rather ask the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend this forensic examination to all states of the federation including the federal capital territory (Abuja). There were also allegations of under aged voters for CPC Party in the Northern part of Nigeria. To achieve a balance, there should be a forensic examination of all the states. Perhaps, this will give Nigerians and the international community the true results of the votes. It will also help to heal the wounds thus created so far.
It will also be in the national interest to publish in our national dailies those, whose biometric data will show as having voted twice or more in a particular election. Before the elections started, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) discovered about 500,000 double registrants on the concluded voters registration exercise. In same manner, INEC should simply cross check all votes using forensic technology. This should be applicable to all disputed elections. Next should be to prosecute offenders. Till date, am yet to hear that some one or groups have been sent to jail for electoral malpractices. May God bless Nigeria.
Chinedu Vincent Akuta.
An activist and Citizens Journalist.
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