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Governorship Candidate in the 2015 General Elections in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill has said that the arrest of the former Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers State, Lady Gasila Khan and other officials of the Independent National Electoral Commissioner over alleged bribery in the last polls should not be celebrated by the All Progressive Congress (APC) and other Nigerians till they are proven guilty.
Pricewill who stated this in a telephone interview said until these officers, participants and electorates punished on electoral frauds, Nigerians should brace to conduct themselves in a better manner during elections and save the nation democracy.
He said both the 2015 and the rerun legislative elections in March 19, 2016 have shown that there is no consequence for electoral misconduct, adding that an arrest and investigation is not the same as a conviction.
Princewill advocates that electoral fraud should be taken seriously because it allows wrong persons to be put in the right place. He expressed sadness that Nigeria’s a laughing stock of the world as good people have lost faith in the electoral process.
Priincewill regretted that what we have now was not the democracy the people collectively fought for, stressing that “unpopular now rules the popular”.
He maintained that those who said that the last rerun election was bad, have no clue as to what the 2015 election was like, stressing, that if politicians have no alternative to politics, then their politics will remain a do or die affair, especially when death has no consequences on earth and God forgives freely while Nigerians forgive freer.
He regretted that INEC is now a referee that cannot even issue red cards”.
Princewill however advised Nigerians to do all they can to remain peaceful, saying that God is not sleeping and every cloud has a silver lining.
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