Series of Electoral Injustices from the last General Elections in 2007 is having its toll on the Nation. The Prof. Maurice Iwu lead Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC failed in delivering to the country, a credible General Election from the Presidential Elections down to that of the Councils. The Gubernatorial Elections were worse off, as many aspirants cried foul and ran to Appellate Courts across the Nation, of which many have been successful; Recounting the popular example of that of the else while Labour chief Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN over Dr Osariemen Osunbor of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Edo State. It was a show of tenacity and courage, after a couple of years in office. Osunbor was booted out with Oshiomhole coming into power. We saw a reversal of an Electoral Injustice.
Many others occurred across the Nation, but in recent times it has been the South-Western part of the Nation that had been most affected; with overturned Elections in Ekiti, Ondo and Osun States. We look at this situations and are amazed by the allegations and counter allegations aimed at INEC and individual aspirants with their parties. These claims continued as Security Agents and the so called Power of Incumbency had also been mentioned as part of the Injustice in the last elections. Office holders in power had all machinery in their disposal to influence electoral process to their favour, as the rule of the game was at their mercy.
Political Parties cannot exonerate themselves of the violence, rigging and intimation. They complain when they have been beaten to the game. It has been a case of the proverbial adage of ‘Dog eating Dog’. It is time for all of us to fight for Justice not because we lost out in the game, but because we truly demand a fair platform to express our electoral prowess. As we continue in our quest for a free and fair General Elections come April 2011. The time has come to shun every form of political Injustice that confronts our political scene. The fight is for all of us, the INEC, the Political Aspirants, Politics Parties, Security Agents’ et al to make a peaceful event, free of Injustice.
The Judiciary has to be proactive and very fast in delivering Electoral Justice, a situation when after governing for almost four years, before been declared not eligible to govern is not impressive, and as such it should be discouraged by all who cares about this Nation. All petitions should be treated before swear-in, to avert this kind of embarrassment. What we see is delay in Justice Delivery. To a large extent, it is Injustice for anyone who is rightfully supposed to occupy a position to be locked out for that long a time in the dark. It is also Injustice to the populace who will have somebody that they didn’t vote in, rule over them – for that long a time – while their choice hangs in the dark.
Electoral Reforms is what we all cry for; beyond this reform is the consciousness by those seeking power that leading is not a do or die affair and that when a man is desirable to perform a good job he naturally has patience which is also a key to leadership but when he is out to fill his pocket, he will do all within his powers to get to Power. Seeking elective position is only one of the ways to add value or influence a group. If we must forge ahead in this country Nigeria, we must first eradicate all forms of Electoral Injustice. We must fight-on until we all win, then Justice is delivered to the common man.