A former Kogi State Governor, Abubakar Audu, has said for Nigeria to enjoy true democracy, it is imperative to completely overhaul the nation’s electoral process.
He alleged that lack of credible elections had dented Nigeria before the comity of nations.
He spoke on Monday while addressing members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Kogi State Council, at Ogbonicha in Ofu Local Government Area of the state.
Audu, a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress alleged that over 90 per cent of the people occupying elective positions in Nigeria since 2007 were selected rather than being elected.
This, he said, implied that the electorate cannot hold the political office holders accountable for their action or inaction while in office.
He stated that it was disheartening that the Federal Government had allegedly refused to implement the recommendations of the Justice Mohammed Uwais committee for electoral reforms.
He added that it is sad that many political officer holders want to perpetuate themselves in office without minding how they got the power.
Audu said, “I have been saying it repeatedly and unequivocally that there has been no credible elections in the country since 2003 except the 1999 election which was facilitated by the military.
“Since the political class have been holding elections in this country, it has been a sham and the confirmation to that effect was a statement made by the former and late president of Nigeria, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua that the election that brought him to power was not free and fair. So I am not just exaggerating because I am of the opposition party.
“We have a terrible situation which is why countries like America no longer buy our crude oil because there is no true democracy in Nigeria. It is high time the electoral process should be reformed to give way for free, fair and credible elections.”
Meanwhile, the State Deputy Governor, Mr. Yomi Awoniyi has said that the administration placed priority on peaceful emergence of traditional rulers and the traditional institutions across the state so as to ensure peace and development in Kogi State.
He spoke in Mopa, Mopamuro LGA, when the Elegbe of Egbe and Chairman, Yagba West Traditional Council, Oba Ayodele Irukera, visited him, according to a statement by Awoniyi’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Micheal Abu.
The deputy governor said it was commendable the peaceful transition from one traditional ruler to another by the people of Egbe.
Describing the development as first of its kind, he urged other communities to emulate the Egbe people for their peaceful successor of traditional stool of the Elegbe of Egbe.