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What's going on in the south-east?. There seem to be no confirmation of anything we've been hearing so far. I have this sinking feeling that some unscruplous elements we have down there will try to rig the results.
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Was there ever a doubt that PDP was going to try to rig the election in the east. They know fully well that APGA is going to sweep the east, that the only way to stop APGA in the east is to rig the election thus the delay in supplying ballots and boxes, thus the delay is allowing people to vote, thus the delay in announcing the results from the east. The want to manipulate the results and give the masses the result that will favor PDP which what I call rigging the election.

They will try but they will not succeed.

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This is from the "The Independent" newspaper. It appears that PDP is hell-bent on rigging itself to power.


Nigeria's ruling party heads for victory at the polls

By Peter Cunliffe-Jones in Lagos
14 April 2003


Nigeria's ruling party, a loose coalition of businessmen, politicians and former military officers, was heading for victory after weekend polls that were marred by delayed or abandoned balloting in one sixth of the states and violence that cost about two dozen lives.

Tens of millions of people queued for hours on Saturday, braving thunderstorms in the south and fears of violence from the desert to the Delta, to vote for a new National Assembly in the first elections to be held since military rule ended in Africa's most populous country four years ago.

The first results announced in the capital, Abuja, yesterday showed the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, headed by President Olusegun Obasanjo, winning comfortably with more than 52 per cent of the vote, against candidates from the two other main parties and 27 newly registered groups.

A victory in the parliamentary elections for Mr Obasanjo's party, though it failed to give him much support in the assembly in his first four-year term, is expected to help him to win the presidential elections that take place next weekend.

A Western diplomat monitoring the polls said: "Set against what has happened in the past, this weekend's elections will probably be judged to be roughly passable by the ordinary Nigerians in most of the country. But they were a disaster in large parts of the south-east, a real disaster. Ballot papers and boxes were snatched or simply failed to turn up at all in seven southeastern states. There was violence in quite a lot of areas. It damages the credibility of the voting."

Reporters and election observers confirmed two dozen deaths in election-related violence, including 10 in the southern Niger Delta town of Nembe, a scene of frequent unrest for years. That total is less than many had feared after a run-up to the election in which hundreds had died in politically motivated violence. Most Nigerian newspapers declared the elections relatively peaceful yesterday. Simply by keeping most cars off the roads on election day, fewer people probably died than on a normal weekend, one journalist said.

The elections are critical for the future Nigeria, a vast and long-misgoverned country of 128 million people, and for the continent as it seeks to shake off years of misrule and install democratic governance.

Since it claimed independence from Britain in 1960, Nigeria has never managed a successful election held under a civilian regime. Violence and vote rigging in elections in December 1964 helped to pave the way for the country's first military coup in January 1966, plunging the country into a civil war in which a million people died. In the previous civilian-run elections in 1983, vote rigging was so serious that few objected when the military seized power months later.

Few people in Nigeria today want the military to take back power. "I voted because it is my civic right. This government is no good but it is better than the soldiers. We need to get through this election and go on to others. We also need change but voting is part of it," said Sola Adeyemi, an importer working with a firm in Lagos.

Abel Guobadia, the chairman of the national electoral agency, said the elections had gone well in most of the country but admitted problems in at least five states and suggested reballoting might take place in one state on Wednesday.
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The election results have shown how united BiafraNigeria is. Can it be right to say that Nigeria is nothing but a configuration of three major Nations? APGA to the South- East, PDP to the South -West and ANPP to the North.

I begin to ask myself what the future of this Fake unity would be. With ethnicism playing a major role in this election, it looks unfeasible for the best candidate to win. Then, it revolves round and round again, and back to where it migrated from- square one.

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Blessing, too bad ethnicism is Nigerian's politics of convinence but because of the make up of Nigeria, multiparty is the only solution to avoid any particular group over others. Let's make a deal is the name of the Game

********* Comrade Uche Chukwumerije won senate seat in Abia.

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The stupid, corrupt moron Obasanjo is a nonstarter and can never hold a free and fair election, the whole excise is fruad meant only to confuse the whole world by a wicked, cruel and uneducated tyrant, when obasanjo appeared on the cable network television showing himself as a sportsman and a prayerfull man two days ago, then I realised that all that are resident inside the fruad countary called nigeria are into another agonising and uncertian four years .
The struggle for the independent State of Biafra continues untill victory is achieved with the will and resolve of the people, the die has cast and nigeria is in the brinks of collaps, my prediction is that by the next weekend, we will begin to see what might be the end of the fruad called nigeria.
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Sege takes the lead. Nigerians are speaking their mind.
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So far the opinion from reliable sources indicates the election has been free and peaceful, with minor skirmishes here and there. The alarm being raised on this thread about the purported rigging by one particular party is unfounded, and going by the results so far, it cannot be justified.

It is always easy to give the dog a bad name because of the inner intention to hang it.

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Okwy:

You mean to tell me as mass rigging becomes apparent in the South-East and elsewhere, your nemesis Obasanjo should not rig as well, kwo?

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So far the opinion from reliable sources indicates the election has been free and peaceful, with minor skirmishes here and there. The alarm being raised on this thread about the purported rigging by one particular party is unfounded, and going by the results so far, it cannot be justified.
Babyboyz,

Links should be provided to back up such comments. Could you provide links to the claimed reliable sources? Remember that untill Al-jazeera televised the captured American soldiers, it remained undisclosed.

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All,

Is'nt it pathetic indeed?

You have media embedded in the US/UK Armed sevices to cover something as dangerous as war, but when it comes to an election in Eastern Biafranigeria, suddenly the word is mum.

We know about the jokers at the Guardian,ThisDay,and co. but;

Where are the Journalists?
Where are the elections observers?
Where is everybody in the East?
Wgere is BBC, MSNBC, etc. in AlaIgbo? Other than Bilikisu Labaran Ohyoma!!!???? (whatever that is)

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People:

Time for talking must be over next week, when the selection process blunders and picks the dim witt/incoherent Olusegun Obasanjo to run the affairs of NdiIgbo - again! To allow that to stand would simply bring the Igbo character to international disrepute, and would signal the beginning of lose of confidence in Igbo ability to reverse the decay in Biafra/black world. It should then become clear to the world that the Igbo nation is no more resourceful than the backward cultures that surround it, and therefore can have no claim to black leadership, with the responsibility to help redeem the hopelessness/despire in the black world.

But, I trust that NdiIgbo understand the mission of Igbo/Biafra is too important to flunk this test; it must not allow the Yoruba to poke us in the eye - disrespectfully - and get away with it.

It is time to re-arm and head to the trenches again; this time we will also win the diplomatic war. The world is watching!

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bababoy, read, Violence Mars Nigeria Polls

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Violence Mars Nigeria Polls as Obasanjo Party Leads
Mon April 14, 2003 02:15 PM ET



By Ed Stoddard and Tume Ahemba
ABUJA/LAGOS, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's electoral commission appealed to security forces on Monday to protect its staff as results from parliamentary polls showed President Olusegun Obasanjo's party in a comfortable lead.
"Election officials have been manhandled and in many cases even beaten up," Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), told a news conference.
"Please protect our staff," he said in the capital Abuja, directing his comments to security forces in Africa's most populous state of more than 120 million.
Despite his call and at least 13 killings in election violence, foreign observers from the Commonwealth and the European Union praised the overall conduct of Saturday's vote, the dress rehearsal for presidential polls on April 19.
"In much of Nigeria, voting was generally peaceful. There were violent incidents in certain places but the most pessimistic predictions were confounded," Salim Ahmed Salim, the Tanzanian head of the Commonwealth's 22-strong observer team, said in a statement.
The EU's observer mission said it welcomed "the fact that polling took place in a generally peaceful manner, despite isolated cases of violence."
By Monday evening, more than 48 hours after polling ended in the vast oil-producing country, the INEC had declared 207 of the 360 House of Representatives seats, with Obasanjo's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winning 116.
A Reuters tally of 254 House seats -- obtained from state INEC officials and local correspondents -- showed the PDP winning 132. The main opposition party, the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP), had 84.
An estimated 10,000 people have been killed in outbreaks of ethnic, religious and political violence in Nigeria since 1999 when Obasanjo's election ended 15 years of military rule.
Nigeria has had little political stability since independence from Britain in 1960 and has never experienced a successful transition from one civilian administration to another. Past attempts in 1965 and 1983 were cut short by military coups.
ETHNIC CLEAVAGES
The results reflected Nigeria's strong ethnic cleavages, with Obasanjo faring well in his southwestern Yoruba heartland, rubbing out the threat of the rival Alliance for Democracy (AD) apart from in Lagos, the chaotic commercial capital.
The ANPP was well ahead in its northern, mainly Muslim power base. Obasanjo's main challenger for the presidency will be the ANPP's Muhamadu Buhari -- both men are former military presidents who took power in coups d'etat.
Baba-Ahmed said violence against election officials at counting centers had been widespread and that no single party had the monopoly on violence.
Three people were shot dead on Sunday night in Pankshin, in central Plateau State, at a vote-counting center, police and election officials said.
The killings occurred during a clash between supporters of the PDP and the AD in which several houses were burned and INEC officials were threatened.
At least five people were killed over the weekend in the oil-rich Niger Delta.
Anger is intense among villagers living in the patchwork of swamps and creeks bordering the Atlantic. They complain about the division of oil revenues and environmental damage.
Ethnic militants said they battled with troops and the navy and that voting was disrupted on Sunday after being postponed on Saturday in several areas.
"The navy and army took a gunboat and started shooting indiscriminately into the village of Warri Corner," said militant Kingsley Otuaro.
The INEC's results Web Site stopped giving data that would provide turnout figures. Officials said the data was absent from many local returns, but before the suspension the turnout was averaging a disappointing 30 percent.

With Afenifere and ANPP screaming foul, I see trouble coming. The ugly man from Ota is rigging the election. His days are numbered.
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BABYBOYZ:

Affinefere, Lam Adesina has cried rigged against PDP. However, new election has been ordered by the so-called INEC in Anambra and Enugu due to violence and possible tampering. Copy that Babybpyz?

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More On The 'Free and Fair' Elections.

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Concern in Nigeria ahead of presidential vote


ABUJA/LAGOS, April 15 (Reuters) - Results from Nigeria's parliamentary elections sputtered to a virtual halt on Tuesday, raising concerns about the presidential vote in four days' time.

President Olusegun Obasanjo, in a surprise televised broadcast on Monday night, insisted the electoral process was a credit to Africa's most populous state.

But mounting evidence from the field and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) contradicted him.

By Tuesday morning, more than 60 hours after polling ended, INEC headquarters in the capital Abuja had declared only 234 of the 360 House of Representatives seats, with Obasanjo's People's Democratic Party (PDP) winning 135.

"I would be surprised if we got everything in today, the election officials in Abuja really need to harass some of the local officials. Frankly some of them are totally incompetent," one foreign electoral observer said.

Glaring gaps in the results included the key eastern state of Anambra where the independent Guardian newspaper said the local INEC had ordered revotes this week in five of the 11 House constituencies because violence had marred the first attempts.

More than a dozen deaths were reported in election violence over the weekend but observer missions from the Commonwealth and the European Union joined Obasanjo in presenting the toll as mercifully light.

U.S. OFFICIAL IS ENCOURAGED

In Washington a senior U.S. official said his government was encouraged for next Saturday's crucial vote for 36 state governorships and for the presidency. Obasanjo will take on 19 challengers led by ex-general Muhamadu Buhari.

"Could it break bad for the 19th? Yes, but this past weekend really did give us some hope that it's going to be OK," he said.

Asked about reports that at least five people were killed over the weekend in the oil-rich Niger Delta, the official said: "It's too much but (in comparison to) the scale of what we've seen in years past, it's minor."

An estimated 10,000 people have been killed in outbreaks of ethnic, religious and political violence in the past four years.

Saturday's vote was the first in the OPEC oil-producer since Obasanjo's election in 1999 ended 15 years of military rule.

The presidential contest risks raising tensions between the mainly Christian and animist south, Obasanjo's homeland, and Buhari's Muslim north. Both men are former military rulers.

Buhari's All Nigeria People's Party (ANNP) accused the ruling party of using thugs and cash in opposition areas.

"We know...that there was massive rigging by the PDP during the elections on Saturday," ANPP spokesman Ibrahim Modibo told Reuters in Abuja on Monday night.

INEC had faced huge logistics problems to run 150,000 polling stations. It complained of widespread thuggery, appealing for security forces to protect its personnel ahead of next Saturday's vote.

"On Saturday the stakes are higher and the passions will be higher," said political analyst Pini Jason.

Chuma Ubani, executive director of Nigeria's Civil Liberties Organisation, said there were strong signs of "hanky-panky" in several states, particularly in the south.

"The obsession of the ruling party to impose on Nigerians a contrived and unacceptable one-party state portends great danger. Obasanjo himself has always being a great apostle of a one party-state," Ubani told Reuters.

Obasanjo's view of events so far was radically different.

"What we have experienced is a process so transparent that winners and losers alike have been inclined to accept the results in a true spirit of sportsmanship and democracy," he said in his national address.


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Violence Mars Nigeria Polls but Obasanjo Upbeat
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Obasanjo said he was not ignoring reports of violence, but "these incidents are few and far between and certainly nowhere near the predictions of those who thought these elections would turn Nigeria into a battlefield."

He said turnout had been high. But before the INEC's official Web Site stopped releasing turnout statistics on Monday, the level was hovering around 30 percent.

Obasanjo's PDP was far ahead in partial results issued by the INEC with painful slowness.

By Monday night, more than 48 hours after polling ended, the INEC had declared 212 of the 360 House of Representatives seats, with the PDP winning 119.


The rigging strategy is becoming clearer. First, the turnout was grossly exaggerated. Then, quick 'early leads' in friendly (allowing rigging) areas were announced to create a bandwagon effect. That seems to have stalled. The results are being re-written slowly but progressively until the elastic band snaps.
Forget the ignoble Mr. Omoruyi. This is the easiest way to engineer a stalemate.

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ELectoral Fraud Everywhere

The record is now there for all to see that this will go down as one of the most fraudulent elections in the history of BiafraNigeria. When you have such a wide spectrum of people, from Gani, through Buhari, to Afenifere admitting that there was massive fraud, you know that PDP is truly criminal. When the coup comes, let no one wonder why.

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It is not a new thing for the losing sides to cry wolf when there is none. Most of the cry baby parties have seen the handwriting on the wall for next Saturday Presidential and Gubernatorial elections, and what a better time to start crying in earnest before the final nail to their coffin is nailed.

Is it surprising to any one that the complaining parties have not complained of any rigging where they have won, but where they lost, it is rigging. Yea right it is rigging indeed!

Reports coming from the International observers have not supported any of the unfounded screaming going on around here, most especially from those of us in this forum. Between Saturday and today I have spoken to many people on the ground, most of them have been positive in their reactions to the election.

Yes, there have been some problems, but not to the magnitude of the alarmist front page headlines being displayed here. I guess as the results is coming out, it is becoming clearer that the supposedly Igbo party, APGA has not receive any mandate from the wise people of the southeast who are tired of co-tailing behind the Eze gburugburu.

Nigerian voters are getting wiser by the day and they are beginning to realize the power of their votes, and the result is what you are witnessing in this election.

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There are signs that Obasanjo is using soldiers to intimidate opponents and opposition party candidates.
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Prince Abubakar Audu alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party colluded with the military authorities to use soldiers to intimidate his supporter.
According to the visibly shaken Audu, "my supporter were prevented from voting in Idah, Adavi, and Okene by the military and security agents from Abuja,’ He alleged.
Governor Audu further alleged that his men were chased from polling booths by military personnel who were drafted from Benue State and Abuja.
Audu said he has reported the case to President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Tafa Balogun on the security situation in Kogi State.

Also, there is grave concern about use of mostly Yoruba soldiers to harass and abuse candidates in non-Yoruba parts of BiafraNigeria.
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Real Results, NOT Onitsha market gragra.
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The real results are about to start coming in, be patient.
Opposition rejects result

Tension as Opposition rejects results

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Police to withdraw orderlies from governors, others
By Don Bassey

Daily Independent, Abuja



Public officials, including governors, their deputies, commissioners, ministers as well as state and National Assembly members may go to the polls on Saturday without their orderlies.

The move is to serve as a deterrent to public officials who last Saturday gave improper orders to their police orderlies in the National Assembly elections in some parts of the country.

The Nigeria Police made its position known in Abuja yesterday through Chief Simon Okeke, chairman of the Police Service Commission, while presenting a preliminary report on the conduct of the police in last Saturday’s National Assembly elections.

Okeke said despite the much acclaimed success recorded by the police in the elections, the commission had observed that a few public officials gave improper orders to their police orderlies, an act, which according to him, “is unacceptable and will not be condoned by the police authorities.”

The Police Service Commission boss cited the case of Anambra State where a police orderly was arrested for trying to hijack a ballot box at several polling stations.

Okeke confirmed the absence of the police in 14 per cent of polling centres monitored, saying the problem must be understood in the light of the strength of the force which he put at about 220,000 personnel.

Okeke expressed the commission’s pleasure that armed policemen and women “did not conduct themselves in any way that may be interpreted as an attempt to intimidate voters from casting their ballots or casting it in favour of any particular candidate.”

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You call that free and fair election when Aremu and PDP are using the power and resources of the government to rig the election. Give me a break.
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Chiboy,

I agree with you big trouble is facing Biafranigeria http://www.dailyindependentng.com

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That ape mr obasanjo is the most stupid man I ever know in my life, he will be the most fortunate man if he will come out of this alive, drunken and intoxicated with power and the goodies of crude oil and imported refined oil money, he has forgeteen his days in jail as a criminal coup plotter. his days are numbered.

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ANPP, APGA, NDP to present consensus candidate Can it end the rigging?

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Great move but too late. It will not work for Nigerians who need quite a considerable time to educate them of the deal. This is an act of desparation but will have an impact on PDP reachig the bench mark for the Presidency.

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INEC: Fraud in the Process


In an Internet first, INEC has been publishing the results of the National Assmbly polls at its website. Evidently, significant preparation went into the implementation of the INEC website, and one would have thought that INEC had the desire to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. A voters register, timely published, would have been a good way to lend the air of transparency to the results we have been seeing at the INEC website.

Unfortunately, nearly two days to the end of the elections, INEC has not published the voters register. INEC's link to the voters register page was last updated on April 12, 2003. As of this afternnon, the following is the only content of the voter register link.
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INEC is a key part of the process of fraud that Obasanjo has put in place for the 2003 polls.

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If we should write Obasanbjo's biography today this is how it will read: Here was the civilian president of Nigeria who came to power with the best local and international wishes and goodwill which none other before or after him will ever get, but he failed to resciprocate same; he was given the chance to make a change by humbly leaving office after SUCCESSFULLY disengaging and dismantling the Nigerian military apparatus, but for the lust of power, he failed to grabe the chance; he was given a third chance to show how truly democratic he is by making sure that his party which is dubbed the "largest party in Africa" proves why it is so by conducting a free and fair party primaries, instead of doing that, he rigged it to his favour by buying the buyables and selling the sellabless; and finally, he was given the benefit of doubt to hold a free and fair general elections, but he instead he chosed to do like other dictators before him by selecting his cronies and paying the poor masses to "vote" them into office. And to add salt unto injury, he is determined to force himself on his people the second time whether they like it or not. By his actions, he will soon join the list of either sit-tight African "civilian" dictators or a disgraced one.

To crown it all, his kiths and kins at home and in the diaspora see nothing wrong with that. No! they say, it is his critics that must be stupid. Afteral, the man is a 'messiah.' How dare you question a know-it-all and do-it-all 'messiah' sent by the god of Ogun ? One even said that "Ifa has spoken" (whatever that is) so no one should either challenge, debate or contradict. Or else...

Honestly, with every due respect to the Gani Fawehimis of Yorubaland, the home-based and diaspora so-called Yoruba intelligencia and "leaders" therefrom like their conterpart from other parts of Nigeria can best be described as a bunch of CONFUSED PEOPLE who in their confusion LOST THEIR CONSCIENCE, SOLD THEIR BIRTH-RIGHT and its place unknowingly BOUGHT SLAVERY for THEIR GENERATION and GENERATION TO COME.
All I can say is: SHAME ON YOU!

Before those who pretend to love Nigeria more than their mother start their finger-pointing, I wish to use this ooportunity to warn them that should this transition fail to break Nigeria's "jix" of never having a successful civilian-to-civian hand-over, that apart from Obasanbjo and his gang in Nigeria, those outside the country who are in support of the sham going on in Nigeria should be HELD RESPONSIBLE.

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he was given the chance to make a change by humbly leaving office after SUCCESSFULLY disengaging and dismantling the Nigerian military apparatus
Are you trying to rewrite history or what?, where in the constitution that was handed over to Obasanjo in May 1999 was he mandated to disengage the military from politics and then, leave?

To crown it all, his kiths and kins at home and in the diaspora see nothing wrong with that. No! they say, it is his critics that must be stupid. Afteral, the man is a 'messiah.' How dare you question a know-it-all and do-it-all 'messiah' sent by the god of Ogun ? One even said that "Ifa has spoken" (whatever that is) so no one should either challenge, debate or contradict. Or else...

His kiths and kins at home and the diaspora saw everything wrong with Obasanjo when they did not only refuse to vote for him, they also voted against him in the general elections of 1999, remember he lost his compound in the elections of 1999.At the time, his kith and kin were the "stupid ones" to borrow your language.Maybe it is time to see the wisdom in the saying that Charity begins at home. If you are rejected at home on such a large scale, then you need to be watched. Obasanjo is nobody's messiah, and at this stage, some credit should at least go to his kith and kin for seeing that early enough.

Honestly, with every due respect to the Gani Fawehimis of Yorubaland, the home-based and diaspora so-called Yoruba intelligencia and "leaders" therefrom like their conterpart from other parts of Nigeria can best be described as a bunch of CONFUSED PEOPLE who in their confusion LOST THEIR CONSCIENCE, SOLD THEIR BIRTH-RIGHT and its place unknowingly BOUGHT SLAVERY for THEIR GENERATION and GENERATION TO COME.

At the risk of being labeled a solidarity preacher, i wish to reiterate the fact that even in the face of the current disenchantment by many, there is a silver lining in the dark horizon. A monumental but quiet revolution is taking place in that country presently, Chief Abraham Adesanya lost his ward to a rival party in the heart of Ogun State. Chief Ojukwu and Nwobodo both failed to make any meaningful impact in their states of origin. We may yet add this to the credit sheet of Olusegun Obasanjo.

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, Chief Abraham Adesanya lost his ward to a rival party in the heart of Ogun State
But how?. Are we to accept it because INEC said so? This election was expected to be rigged long ago, would you have made the same comment if Adesanya had lost to ANPP and not to AD?, I think not.

What I will say to you is that just as I will not protest in any other way about the conduct and the result of the election, I will also not do the same if this so called democracy is truncated.
That was the lesson which a lot of Yorubas never learnt about the lethargy some ethnic groups felt about June 12. Yep! We detested the arrogance, we detested the Injustice, however we all had our own battles against injustice to fight. You no dey chop panadol for another man headache, they all said.

The Niger Delta are fighting injustice, the yoruba view has been one of either lack of interest in their struggles or one of downright antagonism, please dont feel agrieved when the refuse to join in with your future battles.

Obasanjo had a chance at redressing injustice in Nigeria, he did not grasp it. He has instead chosen to place his people in the position of of oppressors previously occupied by the Hausa Fulani.

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the aftermath of the parliamentary election

The so called violence free election, probably without rigging. This should be a warning for the presidential election on the way.

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The Yorubas have a rich history of fighting people's battles, and I am not surprised that this is what has come to be expected of them, something like the basic litmus test. But please let us digress here a little. Each time the Yorubas go against the grain, they end up truncated to the uncomfortable position of "opposition". Who can easily forget the works of Fela Kuti, the travails of Fawehinmi et al? The Yorubas are now only playing the high stakes game of politics like the rest. Although it is not happening like many Yoruba might want it, it is instructive to equate what is happening in that part of the country to a silent revolution of sorts. I say though, until the whole country is free, when the East, West, South, and North is free, we shall all remain in shackles. Take a trip to Ado-Ekiti and see what I mean, you will realise that the country has consistently failed its citizens even in the mere delivery of basic amenities. The electricity delivery in Ogun State does not better that in Anambra, people still drink from unclean streams and ponds all over the country, and the hospitals remain "mere consulting Clinics".
Our problem as I see it is two-fold. Leadership and followership. The Israelites had the best leader in Moses during the Exodus, however, it only took the infiltration of bad eggs into the congregation to undermine his efforts and good intentions; conversely, Moses did not exhibit enough forthrightness and panache in dealing with his wards, a people who would have been quite easy to direct, was made to become the recalcitrant lot that's today much villified in the books, thanks to a leadership failure on Moses's part. We have a lot of work to do in order to see the country of our longing. Let us all move beyond apportioning blames to rethinking the workability of our country.

[ April 17, 2003, 02:55 PM: Message edited by: addy ]

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That is exactly what the masses are trying to do. For that country to move forward there must be a true leadership. Elections should be fairly conducted without rigging.

I believe that, if it were another president who did what the present president did to the National Assembly elections, he would not be saved from the masses criticisms.

Ethnicising people’s mutiny would be abrogating their freedom of expression. I don't think criticisms to the rigged National Assembly election were ethnically motivated. Even AD is also revolting. READ THE NEWS BELOW

If Nigeria should move forward, clarity should be encouraged.


From This Day 17th April 2003


S/West: AD, PDP Threaten Fire-for-Fire

President leads final on-slaught
From Kola Ologbondiya and Ademola Adeyemo in Osogbo

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South-west leaders of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) rose from a zonal meeting yesterday in Osogbo and declared they were ready to battle the rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if the massive rigging its leaders perpetrated in the National Assembly polls is repeated in the governorship elections.

The PDP, however, denied that it rigged the last Saturday polls and instead accused AD leaders of being the architect of their electoral misfortune.

Also, President Olusegun Obasanjo who is equally determined to lead PDP into re-enacting its victory in last week's election will today embark on a last minute whistle-stop campaign round the six South-west states.

Senator Ayo Fasanmi, the South-west zone vice chairman of the AD who read the communiqu‚ from the zonal meeting said the party rejected in its entirety the result of the National Assembly polls. The party described the results as "a day-light robbery."

According to Fasanmi, the leadership of the party has got an information that PDP plans to use the police to intimidate AD members in the zone by arresting their leaders before this Saturday's election.

"After rigging the election of the National Assembly, what they (PDP) now plan to do is to arrest the leaders of the AD in the South-west and keep them away so that they would be able to have their way. We will not accept this, if they try it there would be fire for fire."

Fasanmi also said that the way PDP rigged last week's election is a signal that the party has no respect for the accord reached with AD on violence and rigging.

"They have violated the agreement. They have no honour, they used money and other federal apparatus to rig the elections in the South-west," he said.

The AD, however, appealed to its supporters to come out enmasse and vote massively for candidates of the party next Saturday "to ensure that the will of the people were not thwarted by PDP."

Fasanmi also denied speculations that the AD had reached an accord with the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) to ensure the victory of General Muhammadu Buhari.

"We reached no accord with anybody to support Buhari, we don't know where the rumours emanated from. It is the imagination of some people," he said.

Responding to AD's claims, the chairperson of the PDP information committee in Osun State, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, denied that PDP rigged last Saturday's election. "AD lost because their leaders are guilty of arrogance of power and unnecessary pride," he said.

"They have forgotten the people who voted for them. They abuse traditional rulers as if the electorate did not exist," Babatope said.

According to him, AD as a party condoned large scale indiscipline among its members which led to the polarisation of its cadre. "Yoruba people are very wise, they will vote any candidate because of his performance and not because of any other things. So they should accept defeat," he said.

The last minute campaign across the South-west by President Obasanjo will see him moving from Abuja to Akure, the Ondo State capital and from there to Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State. He will move from Ado-Ekiti to Osogbo and then to Ibadan.

The president will also move from Ibadan to Lagos before eventually heading for Abeokuta, his home town and the capital of Ogun State.

Sources close to the president indicated that during the whistle-stop campaigns, the president will not address any rally. Rather, with a large entourage and the pharaphenalia of his office, he would drive round the streets of major capitals in the states. He would also take time off to hold meetings with his foot soldiers in the various states.

"The whistle-stop campaign will be for the president to use his personality and presence to further consolidate the efforts of his campaigners and to show the people he is happy with their preference for the PDP," a presidential aide said yesterday.

It is also believed that Obasanjo's move is a reaction to stave the possible implications of the plans by AD leaders to instruct their supporters not to vote for Obasanjo as earlier agreed in the pact between both parties.

The president is expected to round up the campaign at 9p.m. today when he will arrive his Ota Farm House ahead of the deadline for campaigns by candidates for the governorship and presidential elections.

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The Yorubas have a rich history of fighting people's battles
There we go again! What battles are you talking about?. You mention Fela Kuti and and refuse to Acknowledge that these gentlemen are not mainstream yoruba intelegentia and political figures. Can you enlighten us about whose battle they are presently fighting? or are you stating that the ethnic groups which make up BiafraNigeria are happy with the status quo?
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After neglecting and abusing the "region" for so long, Obasanjo decided to rig the vote in Cross River and Akwa Ibom states. This is particularly offensive to us after the On-shore/ off-shore dichotomy that Obasanjo and Bola Ige created. That man is trying the patience of our people. One way or the other, they should get rid of him from Aso Rock.

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Buahari calls on the international community not to recognize the fraud
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