Says politicians will have dinosaur experience in 2023
Admin l Wednesday, November 30, 2022
LAGOS, Nigeria – Former Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Mike Igini has described the political class as the greatest threat to democracy in Nigeria.
“The greatest danger to democracy remains the political class for now but this one is out of their hands, how god did it, we do not know but we must thank President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Amended Electoral Act”, he said.
Igini who was speaking on Arise TV, following recent attacks on facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ogun and Ebonyi state said INEC has the capacity to print PVC in matters of weeks.
Igini alluded to destruction of INEC facilities in a local government when he was in serving in Akwa Ibom, stressing that in 48 hours, INEC delivered same materials that were destroyed and made them available for the election.
He said that Nigerians should not be discouraged by ongoing destruction of INEC facilities by the political class, attributing the scenario to failure of intelligence gathering. He proposed that members of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC should be permanently attached to all INEC offices since they are now well armed.
He said most of the policemen in the offices are not armed and could only run for dear life when the facilities are under attack. He said that as the 2023 general election draws near, politicians will now move from attacking physical structure to attack on INEC staff through infiltration, which he said INEC must guard against.
He noted that with what happened in the amended electoral act, no INEC staff will be of any help to any politician and that the electoral umpire is also working on making sure that officials of federal agencies are not used during the election since they are easily compromised by politicians.
He said that many politicians will have the dinosaurs experience in 2023 based on the electoral act which has now given power to the people of Nigeria, with the social media that has now been brought about massive awareness about the 2023 general election and the massive registration that trailed the last INEC registration exercise.
He said that it is this development that has sent jitters down the spines of politicians who have been very comfortable with the old order.
“The EO cannot help anybody, Chairman, resident electoral commission cannot help anybody, that is why I a laugh at politicians who are spending money on people who are deceiving them. There are provisions in the act that are meant to protect the Nigerian people against manipulation”, he said with evidence trail of wrong doing when there is any attempt.
He alluded to the Election management support system, domiciled in Abuja that has 360 view, with facilities for receiving field reports every 15 minutes.