Leader of the Northern Elders’ Forum, Professor Ango Abdullahi has described the just concluded 2019 general election in the country as a monumental political tragedy that has taken Nigerian many miles backwards.
“The 2019 so-called election is a monumental political tragedy that has taken Nigerian many miles backwards. I can tell you that if this type of sham is allowed to go unchallenged, it would lead to open warfare that the country might never recover from.
“The election is below the minimum standard we expected and this type of day-light manipulation and robbery can never sustain democracy in Nigeria. “It now appears as if INEC invented inconclusive elections as a roadblock to undo and unsettle political opponents of those they wanted to favour, thereby drawing the hands of electoral advancement backwards.”
Professor Ango Abdullahi, in an exclusive interview with Vanguard, said that if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), continues to conduct such elections and the outcome not challenged, it had the potential of throwing Nigeria into an open warfare that the nation might never recover from.
According to him, INEC shortchanged the people of Nigeria by abandoning the provisions of the Constitution which recognize simple majority as the basis for winning election and relying on a self-serving and unknown principle of ‘inconclusive’ elections.
“If I may ask, where does INEC get its powers to declare election inconclusive instead of declaring the winner once the person has scored a simple majority and two one quarter of the votes in two thirds of the states in terms of the presidential election and local governments in the case of governors?”