- Bolaji Akinyemi, a former minister of external affairs says, he cannot remember any election that filled him with dread and trepidation as the 2019 general elections
- The former minister raises concerns about the political atmosphere in Nigeria ahead of the general elections
- Akinyemi appeals to Nigerian political leaders to prevail on their supporters to shun violence and any undemocratic behaviour during the polls
Bolaji Akinyemi, a former minister of external affairs, has described the 2019 general elections as the most dreadful to him.
The former minister stated that he is concerned about the outcome of the elections which has seen the two main political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) engage in intense campaigns ahead of the polls, Business Day reports.
“Since I have been monitoring elections in Nigeria, I cannot remember any elections that filled me with so much dread and trepidation as these forthcoming election. Not even the riotous 1965 Federal elections. And we all know what that led to,” Akinyemi said in an emailed statement issued in Lagos.
He raised concerns about the development in Venezuela where the international community under the United States has accorded recognition to the opposition leader as the alternative president as their reaction to what it perceives as a flawed election.
The former minister appealed to Nigerian political leaders to prevail on their supporters to shun violence and any undemocratic behaviour during the polls so as to avoid the same scenario in Venezuela.
“In case the elections are not free, fair and transparent, the loser should commit himself to using the tribunals and courts for redress, even though the judicial system is imperfect and under stress now,” Above all, there should be no recourse to violence whatever the provocation,” Akinyemi stated.
Meanwhile, the police have warned politicians to desist from vote buying on election day or face the wrath of the law.
The deputy inspector-general of police in charge of administration, force headquarters, Abuja, Usman Tilli, gave the warning in Gombe on Tuesday, February 12, when he was addressing stakeholders, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers he warned that vote buying on election day was an offence and the police would not leave any stone unturned to arrest anyone engaging in the act.
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