By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The Waziri Hausa and a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Alhaji Yakubu Gobir says the sudden postponement of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections by the Indepependent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has glaringly shown that Nigeria’s democracy is still at its infancy.
Waziri Gobir, who stated this in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, while reacting to the postponement of the elections, lamented that the democratic process in the country is not only inefficient but also too expensive.
The APC chieftain added that with the present democratic system, there is an over reliance on cheating in the form of rigging and acts of violence to win elections.
Waziri Gobir, who noted that though , most Nigerians are disappointed by INEC’s last minute postponement of the elections, opined that the postponement could be a blessing in disguise.
The APC chieftain, however, suggested to INEC to completely change the ballot papers and introduce security features so as to avoid any form of rigging, adding that the commission would have made use of NSPMC instead of local suppliers in the printing of the ballot papers and other election materials.
Waziri Gobir opined that some political parties had spent billions of Naira, ahead of the botched Saturday’s elections to sway voters, which according to him, is difficult again to come by before the new dates fixed for another round of elections.
He reminded INEC that all eyes are on the commission as history would judge Professor Mahmoud Yakubu and his team as the political situation in the country unfolds.
The APC chieftain has therefore urged the teeming supporters of the party across the country not to be complacent but to rededicate themsevels and brace up for the elections by ensuring that all APC candidates across board are elected to ensure more dividends of democracy for the citizenry.