Former President Goodluck Jonathan says when citizens’ votes begin to count, politicians will stop recruiting thugs.
He described the signals coming from Kogi and Bayelsa states as “disturbing”.
He said people are already being killed before the governorship elections scheduled for Saturday.
Jonathan spoke in Port Harcourt during the presentation of a book by Gabriel Toby, a former deputy governor of Rivers, on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Simon Onu, a van driver with Bayelsa Radio was shot dead while several other people were injured during a rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nembe area of the state.
In Kogi state, the campaign train of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) was attacked at the venue of a peace accord meeting set up by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lokoja.
This was after suspected thugs set fire to the secretariat of the party.
The former president said the country would not have deteriorated to this point if people’s votes mattered.
He said only electronic voting could stop violence during elections in the country, adding that with that, people would be able to elect those they believe in.
“Look at what is happening now; we have governorship elections in two states in Kogi and Bayelsa. The signals coming from both are quite disturbing, ” Jonathan said.
“The use of thugs, shooting guns and our people are already being killed when the voting process has not even started is disturbing. This would not happen if we have got to a point in this country where voter card matters.
”That is why I have always advocated electronic voting. We must go into electronic voting.
” If people these days can transfer billions of dollars from one bank to the other, using electronic means, then I believe that we can do electronic voting perfectly and that will ensure that the use of thugs during elections would not come up again.”
He said he believes that when the country develops to a point where voter cards matter, politicians would change their bad ways.
“My opinion is that people don’t change when they get into political office; we vote people that we don’t know into offices and it is difficult to know the true character of a person; it is hard to understand, but the fact is we don’t really vote people we know. People tend to use different means to get into office, “he said.
“When we develop as a nation to the point where our voter cards matter, where the people can vote, who they believe in, the behaviour of the politicians would change; politicians would stop recruiting group of boys and feeding them like dogs, calling them thugs to be used for elections while their children attend the best universities abroad.“
Oshiomhole Withdraws Suit Challenging Suspension
Former National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has withdrawn his application for stay of execution of the June 16 , 2020 of the Court of Appeal which affirmed his suspension as party boss.
He withdrew the application on Tuesday to show his acceptance of the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC), his lawyers said. Recall that the APC National Executive Council (NEC) at an emergency meeting last Thursday dissolved the NWC and appointed a caretaker committee.
A three-man panel of justices Justice Eunice Onyemenam unanimously dismissed the motion on Tuesday after it was withdrawn.
In November 2019, Oshiomhole was suspended by his Etsako Ward 10 in Edo State over anti-party activities.
Relying on that suspension, a High Court of the FCT on March 4 ordered Oshiomhole to stop parading himself as APC National Chairman.
When Oshiomhole approached the Court of Appeal, a three-man panel of justices led by Justice Onyemenam on June 16 affirmed the lower court’s ruling.
But Oshiomhole appealed to the Supreme Court and filed a motion for stay of execution of the judgment before the Court of Appeal.
While the application was pending before the Appeal Court, the APC NEC dissolved the Oshiomhole-led NWC.
Through his counsel, Ahmed Raji (SAN), the ex-party boss withdrew the application before the appellate court.
BREAKING: APC Caretaker Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting In Abuja
The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Committee holds it’s inaugural meeting on Monday at the National Executive Committee (NEC) room at the party’s National Secretariat on Abuja.
The meeting is about to commence.
Among the early arrived are the Secretary of the committee, Senator John Akpan Udoedege, Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and the Chairman of the committee, Governir Mai Mala Buni of Your State.
Sources close to the party Secretariat said that the former deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom will present a handing over note to the committee.
I Am Happy APC Is In Crisis — Wike
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has reacted to the leadership crisis in the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Appearing on Arise Television, the governor said the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would benefit from the crisis in the APC.
The governor explained that he wants PDP to return to power, hence, we will continue to pray that APC remains in crisis.
He said, “I am happy that APC is in crisis. It is not my business to help APC to be united.
“Remember that we also had our own crisis under Ali Modu Sheriff and APC jubilated about it then. It is my prayer that they should continue to be in crisis. We have taken another state.
“Unfortunately, APC isn’t really a political party. They came together just to take over power.
“I want my party to be in power and therefore, I cannot be praying for APC not to have crisis. I hope they continue to make mistakes every day, and my party will continue to grow.”
Recall that the suspension of APC National Leader, Adams Oshiomhole by an Appeal Court had led to a leadership crisis in the party.
Following the crisis, the party’s National Executive Council, NEC, had dissolved its National Working Committee, NWC, led by Oshiomhole.
The party’s NEC immediately constituted a caretaker committee to ensure the smooth running of the party till its National convention.
APC’s NEC appointed the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, to head the Caretaker Committee.
During the meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari urged aggrieved members to suspend all court matters in the interest of the party.
The president had lamented that the party’s fortune was in jeopardy, hence the need for unity.
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