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The Osun state governorship election held on the 22nd September, 2018 was declared inconclusive with the PDP candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke scoring 254, 689 ahead of the APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola who scored 254,345 and the SDP candidate, Iyiola Omisore coming distantly third position with 128,000 votes.

The Osun state governorship election held on the 22nd September, 2018 was declared inconclusive with the PDP candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke scoring 254, 689 ahead of the APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola who scored 254,345 and the SDP candidate, Iyiola Omisore coming distantly third position with 128,000 votes.

The difference between the PDP candidate and APC candidate was not enough to produce an outright winner and because seven polling units across four local governments, in Osun state where election was cancelled or did not take place, the election was declared inconclusive. It is no longer news that the rescheduled election was held on the 27 September 2018 after which the APC candidate Gboyega Oyetola defeated the candidate of the PDP. Since the declaration, reactions of diverse units of the nation including civil society organizations have condemned the use of INEC, security agencies and intimidation to scuttle the outcome of election obviously seen to have been won by Senator Ademola Adeleke. From the onset, it was evident that INEC was determined to do a shoddy election. First it banned the use of electronic gadgets such as smart phones, cameras - an action to forestall embarrassment occasioned by the use of these gadgets in Ekiti governorship election that exposed how the security agencies, staff of INEC colluded with APC.
While President Muhammadu Buhari spoke through his media aide, Mallam Garuba Shehu, commended INEC and security agencies  for a free, fair and transparent election and the people of Osun for voting APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, if indeed the election was free, fair and credible according to President Buhari, there should have been equal level playing field for all the candidates. There should not have been obvious partisanship, attempts to discredit the PDP candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke by raising false alarm of possessing fake West African School Certificate result two days to the election. Despite all these subterfuges, PDP led and supposed to have been declared the winner the first ballot. If APC led in the first ballot, INEC would have announced Gboyega Oyetola winner. PDP shouted blue murder. The PDP in Osun state embarked on demonstration that its candidate should be given Certificate of Return. The way the Osun election went and the reactions of Nigerians, legal luminaries and International Observers exposed President Buhari as commending INEC for encouraging falsification of election results.
We have spoken and written on this platform, called for outright removal of Professor Yakubu Mahmoud for conducting elections out of tune. Elections ended inconclusive when the results were against APC, often using the security agencies to muzzle the outcry of the main opposition party.
One wonders the over-militarized elections under President Buhari!. Why should President Buhari use thousands of security agencies in elections when Nigeria is not at war? The security agencies – the Police, DSS, Civil Defence, the Military do not belong to the President alone, afterall, he was not part of their formations and establishments but only inherited them like any other former leader. Former Presidents- Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan once occupied the Presidency. When they were there, defunct AC, ACN, CPC won elections. Adams Oshimhole was elected second term. Jonathan had the military might to short change Oshimhole's victory.
With the results of elections in Edo, Ondo, Ekiti and Osun States obviously against PDP, it is a mission accomplished and there is no possibility of the Presidency removing and replacing Professor Yakubu Mahmoud. Exposed and in a face-saving measure, INEC Chairman is coming with another antic that the Commission will embark on training security agencies it will use in the 2019 general elections. Bunkum! When did INEC assume the responsibility of training security agencies for election duties? All we know is that INEC trains its staff, employ adhoc staff including Youth Corp members. The security agencies are deployed or posted to guide and guard polling booths, INEC staff, and electoral materials against hoodlums, ballot snatching and blood-letting. Sadly enough, what has been prevalent now is security agents doing the bidding of powerful politicians.
As a matter of fact, the argument among Nigerians that the nation's democracy and democratic principles, institutions are facing extinction is unassailable. They assert that what is in vogue is “Buharicracy”. If not so, why is President Buhari averse to a nationalistic National Assembly, fearless Judiciary, courageous media? Why is President Buhari spending awesome resources of the nation on procurement of arms when the nation is not at war, when Nigerians are hungry? Why is president Buhari hesitant to sign the amended electoral bill?
Today and against democracy, Nigerians are finding it difficult to acclimatize with PMB style of leadership and democracy. Prisoners of conscience such as Sambo Dasuki are still rotting away in detention when courts of competent jurisdiction have pronounced them innocent, discharged but the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Mallami insists that to do so is a security risk to the nation. This year the Inspector-General of Police ordered that arms within the possession of individuals should be surrendered to the police and went ahead to disarm vigilant groups as a part of mopping up of arms ahead of the 2019 general elections. Although received with mixed feelings, Nigerians complied. The same Nigerians are asking and if not considered as sacred cows, why are Fulani herdsmen in possession of more dangerous weapons and not been disarmed? What is happening in Plateau State now with lives and property of innocent Nigerians wasted by killer herdsmen without the identities of the killers known, remains a dangerous signal ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The Igbo saying that one is not a good swimmer with one's back exposed is apt. The oddities associated with the nation's elections under Professor Yakubu Mahmoud are contraptions to give the APC and President Buhari second term agenda a walk-over. First, the foundation of free, fair, credible and transparent elections is almost non-existent. The participation of 48 political parties in Osun guber election and a total of 91 political parties in Nigeria is intended to cause confusion, division to the advantage of the ruling party is likely an advantage to PDP.
President Buhari who emerged as the Presidential candidate of APC in 2015 through exemplary primary is manipulating the APC NWC so that his possible challengers are shout out.
The hand writing on the wall is clearly ominous. At a time eminent Nigerians including former democratically elected President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari have spoken in condemnation of the way President Buhari is driving the nation, the President is impervious, claiming that the elite, not Nigerian people are not comfortable with his administration. They are like saying that he should step down his ambition to contest the 2019 Presidential-election in the interest of the unite of Nigerians.
How else do Nigerians judge our President, if not by his body language and utterances? Both ways, Nigerians watch the President with suspicion. When the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN demanded from the President to show reason why his administration should not be charged with playing ethnic and religious cards with the removal of Seiyifa as the acting DSS replaced with Yusuf Magaji Bichi ,the replacement of the embattled Ms. Femi Adeosun, former Finance Minister with Zainab Ahmed both Muslims, rather than tabulate his appointees, their geo-political zones, religions to refute the allegation, the President maintained undignified silence. Within the same period and to divert attention, Christians and Muslims, we were told, signed a pact to make the 2019 general elections violence free, whereas politicians instigate violence with religion when their electoral fortunes are threatened. When the chips are down, when all the primary elections of APC are over, only then it will dawn on the President that there are more enemies against his 2nd term desperation. Added to his foes are millions of Nigerians who see the growing agitations as a recipe for the disintegration of the Nigerian federation which can only be averted by restructuring. Even by the 1st October broadcasts, messages from Nigerian leaders, there is nothing to celebrate at the 58 years Independence anniversary. President Buhari is confronted with challenges, some self-inflicted. The minimum wage warning strike by NLC would not have taken place, if the President had technocrats around him. If they were, their hands are tied by Aso Rock power monopolists.
With the fangs of apologists of the President exposed, the ruling political party capable of upstaging President Buhari is the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. President Buhari and APC have relapsed the nation's democracy to the military era that led to the formation and registration of PDP. We recall what it cost the G34 to fight the military to a standstill and return Nigeria to the path of democracy. PDP post 2015 started the struggle in earnest, studying and articulating its post-defeat errors and followed with the battle in courts to dismantle Modu Sheriff from heading its NWC. Third is the master-stroke of zoning its Presidential candidate to the North.
The convention to pick among its Presidential aspirants is holding in Port Harcourt. All aspirants should go into the primary with an open mind devoid of extreme position to seek alternative platform. Any of them who emerges from the convention should be commended and supported.
Previously, I have assessed the Presidential aspirants and given all of them a pass mark of possessing all its takes to carry the flag of PDP.
The battle indeed is among the three political zones of the North. The ruling party is not on edge because of other parties. Its greatest threat, albatross is the main opposition party. In determining the choice of its presidential candidate, the NWC must seek the positions of the PDP governors, without them there would not have been the remnants of PDP. There are two foremost aspirants who do not have skeletons in their cupboards to be used by the EFCC against them. They are enjoying immunity with age, qualification on their sides. Yes a successful and peaceful convention is what Nigerians nation-wide are waiting to happen.
As governor Wike gets set to host the PDP Presidential convention in Port Harcourt, the choice is not out of place considering the astute and outstanding leadership of the governor who despite unwarranted attacks and vilifications, he is smothering the landscape of Rivers State with solid, verifiable projects.
Sydney .O. Madukwem, Guest Writer, Dile Emeohe Mbaoma Emii, Owerri North L/G, 07069123994.

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