Elections: Politicians are the greatest enemies of Nigerians - REC

Elections: Politicians are the greatest enemies of Nigerians - REC

- Politicians have been described as the greatest enemies of Nigerians by the resident electoral commissioner in Akwa Ibom state

- Mike Igini said if Nigeria will ever rise to achieve greatness, it cannot do so outside the value and orientation of its elite

- The REC also said security has now become an issue during elections because of the level of criminality among the political elite

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the resident electoral commissioner in Akwa Ibom state, Mike Igini, has stated that politicians are the greatest enemies of Nigerians.

Igini made the comment in an interview with The Guardian on Sunday, January 13.

Legit.ng gathers that he said if Nigeria will ever rise to achieve greatness, it cannot do so outside the value and orientation of its elite.

Igini further disclosed that the electoral commission has been receiving reports about these elite and politicians, including their importation of military camouflage and fake police uniforms.

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He said: “A periodic election is what distinguishes democracy from other forms of government, because it is what enables the electorate the power to exercise their residual sovereignty.”

The REC stressed that in other climes, security agencies have no role to play in an election, but are supposed to do their normal jobs.

However, he said that security has now become an issue because of the level of criminality among the political elite, who are a very reprobate set of people.

He added: “The point is that INEC and security are now the focus of either the success, or failure of the 2019 election. For us as a commission, we will stand tall and mighty in the defense of democracy and the rule of law."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators raised an alarm, claiming top politicians had contacted members of the group to recruit them as thugs ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The group said politicians were stockpiling guns ahead of the elections, in order to create mayhem in Niger Delta states, particularly in Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom.

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