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Without doubts, politics in Nigeria has assumed different dimensions unknown to anywhere in the lexicon of political processes. Undoubtedly, in other countries, there are some unusual political behaviors. But here in Nigeria, we have injected several behaviors into our political processes.

Without doubts, politics in Nigeria has assumed different dimensions unknown to anywhere in the lexicon of political processes. Undoubtedly, in other countries, there are some unusual political behaviors. But here in Nigeria, we have injected several behaviors into our political processes.


For example, evidently, there are different changes which have taken place in our national political processes. Indeed, they are countless. Clearly,the first time rigging was introduced in this countries' politics was in the Western Region of Nigeria during the Western Regional Election in 1954. The allegation was rife that some women voters in many polling booths carried some ballot papers on their tummies, pretending that they were pregnant only to “deliver those ballot papers into the designated ballot boxes of a favoured party.
The Action Group then, led by our highly revered Political Leader, Chief Awolowo was alleged to have spearheaded such moves because he was an outstanding political wizard.
In such circumstances, results of such elections were compromised. Those who thought that they would win based on their popularity and widespread electability prospects lost out shockingly. The consequence was the emergence of political grudge and acrimony leading to vendetta.
By the general elections of 1959, stuffing of ballot boxes became rampant. As wild fire, ballot stuffing became rampant and mostly dictated the outcome of the then election process, particularly in the south.
In the North, their method of rigging was mostly to ensure the disappearances of the opposition candidates who were mysteriously kidnapped mostly by local “POLICE”. For this reason, many candidates were returned unopposed. The result both in the pre-independence election of 1959 and post-independence election of 1964, many candidates were returned unopposed in the north to the effect that before the election, the then Northern Progressive Congress already won majority of the seats.
In these catalogues of election, irregularities were among the concomitant reasons why the Military struck in January of 1966 in addition to many unresolved questions of allegations of seeming marginalization, discrimination, imbalance in the military, etc.
Unfortunately, with return to democracy in 1979 and specifically in 1999, different types of election malpractices have emerged in order “to win at all cost” or in Obasanjo's most infamous slogan, “do or die election.” And with the introduction of some elements of technologies, rigging strategies have mutated to various forms.
Although no region or state is free from election malpractices. In Imo State, what has taken over has been a deluge of defectors of high profile politicians. This has been so prevalent since Rochas Okorocha became the Governor of Imo State in 2011.
He began in Awolowo's style by attracting some elected Imo Legislature to his party; APGA thereby dislodging the PDP from forming the majority of that House. What a political master stroke! They included Benjamin Uwajumogu who today is Owele's bitter political opponent yet in the same party. Later, Owele himself defected to APC from APGA that made him Governor. FACT.
Since then till today, Imo State has been both ear-marked and eye-marked as the State hosting most political defectors. The record is clear.
For example, take a look at the list of current numerous Governorship Aspirants including those not yet published, majority of them wore a toga of defection, even some from more than two, three parties.
Of all of them, only Rt. Honorable Emeka Ihedioha that has remained steadfast in PDP- the party he has spent so much to put together even when it was almost an impoverished party. That was when so many high profile politicians defected to APC “in the ice-water melting” promise for Eldorado that never came or partially came with chains on both neck and waist.
To many political observers, it is this constituency in Emeka Ihedioha that stands him so tall among other Aspirants. Governance requires a person with strong character. And in high ranking, this must begin with steadfastness, consistency, frankness which is a by-product of truth, firm, but humble to be very accommodating but honestly flexible enough to accommodate derailing members and followers.
Unless a man has an important quality of consistency, he cannot be loyal to his followers and he is prone to making frivolous claims. Indeed, although politics is a game in which people mistake propaganda to be a fanciful tool of politics, No. Propaganda, especially Lih Mohammed's own version is an effort to placate the people with falsehood, forgetting that Nigerians of today have outgrown cheap lies as mere propagandas.
It is advisable for our people to reject those whose stock in trade is “Political Marketing and Commercialism.” Watch, after 2019 elections, majority of these people who thronged APGA would few minutes after the elections begin another voyage to return to their mother-party. We shall soon see this.

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