15 June, 2021

The Three (3) Electoral Myths that stops you from going out to vote on election days; (Number Three Would Surprise You).

 The truth is that, our votes’ counts. But the criminal politicians would boast at their campaign rallies that they have connections that can sway the INEC, and that the results and outcomes of the elections has already been determined, and that Mr. President who appointed the INEC Boss at his prerogative has already instructed INEC on what to do, bla, bla, bla and more blas. My brothers and sisters, it is a big lie, if that was true, the APC would have won the aforementioned states elections, as party stalwarts go around boasting and insinuating that the power to sway the election lies with the party that controls the INEC and security forces before the elections.....  toney etido 


          Senior Staff writer.


Nigeria is a great country, and as it is with many great countries on the globe, Nigeria has her challenges and concerns too. Most of these challenges and concerns are often time unfounded and imaginative lies that are predicated on ignorance on the path of the people. And as we are aware that when falsehood and lies are allowed to fester unchallenged, they somehow, become a myth that the people live with, and transferred them to many generations, until someone or group of people rise up to challenge them and lay them to rest.

Today in this discuss, I would be doing my utmost best to disabuse the minds of Nigerians, including educated Nigerians on some of the mythological conceptions we hold about our electoral system, the electoral body, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), our security operatives, and other partners of the Nigerian electoral system which are not all together true that is not allowing us make progress in our democracy.


1.      OUR VOTES DO NOT COUNT: The “our votes does not counts” myth is the greatest of all the myths that has kept many Nigerians away from going out to excised their fundamental civic rights of determining who leads us in all tires of our government in all our elections. This myth has disenfranchised many for several years, most especially our inform class since the return to democracy over twenty two years ago. It is this myth that would make many Nigerians who should have all come out en mass to join with other Nigerians of goodwill to dethrone leaders that has not delivered on their mandates and manifestoes. It is this myth that has continues to leave power in the hands of our corrupt and ineffective politicians as against “power belonging to the people”, which is the norm in every democratic setting. The truth is that, our votes’ truly counts. We can take some lessons that can disabused and lay to rest this “conspiratory” myth from the 2019 general election of Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Bauchi states gubernatorial election respectively, not forgetting Zamfara, and of recent, the 2020 Edo State gubernatorial election, etc.


The truth is that, our votes’ counts. But the criminal politicians would boast at their campaign rallies that they have connections that can sway the INEC, and that the results and outcomes of the elections has already been determined, and that Mr. President who appointed the INEC Boss at his prerogative has already instructed INEC on what to do, bla, bla, bla and more blas. My brothers and sisters, it is a big lie, if that was true, the APC would have won the aforementioned states elections, as party stalwarts go around boasting and insinuating that the power to sway the election lies with the party that controls the INEC and security forces before the elections. This is where INEC needs be commended, as we know that those pressures and innuendoes from these interest bodies usually lie heavily on them like morning fogs. But because of the international standards that we as a country had pledged our membership to and the needs to conform to them, not forgetting that the international observers are always breathing on INEC’s and the government in power’s neck, they can’t but conform. So as 2023 approaches, lay off such fifteen century myth, go out and register if you had not, get your PVC and get ready to take back your power. For they don’t hold the power, you and your vote do.

2.      FEDERAL MIGHT WOULD PLAY A HUGE ROLE: You see this is another myth, falsehood, and lies from the figment of the imaginations of some politicians that has blinded them and made them arrogant and irresponsible to the electorates who voted them into power, as most of them believed once they joined the party that controls security, INEC and other federal parastatals, including the judiciary that has one thing or the other to do with the electoral process, then, that settles it for them. Well, we are aware of the ruling party, sometimes maneuvering to get some of their members or sympathizers included as INEC commissioners as in the case of the APC and PMB’s government nominating a lady with sharp mouth and quick to abuse anyone who disagree with the APC government and President, the special adviser to President Mohamadu Buhari on social media, Ms. Laureta Onoche as part of the country’s electoral empire, and sometimes posting police commissioners and army chiefs they trust could do their biddings to states they have interests and what have you, but the truth is that, their agenda and machinations don’t always stand. It is a huge lie, as it is not going to be only their people that would constitute the umpire body. And plus the fact that international community and other foreign observers are watching. Any police and Army chiefs, and any umpire would also be mindful to the fact that their hard years of career labour could just go up the flame because of someone’s inordinate ambition of four years of one Politician who would not be able to help you should the bubble boast. The personnels of the federal parastatals know these, that there are eyes scrutinizing them, and if they laid down their guard, they would live to regret.  So let’s lay aside this myth and lies and come out and vote as 2023 approaches.


3.      Another myth is the fear that thugs and cultists loyal to politicians might come with guns and other arms and killed people. This is another lie that is not always true. You think the politicians that these thugs work for and the thugs themselves no dey fear??? Even them, they are mindful of the law, and in this 21st century of technology and social media, they just don’t know who could be looking and capturing. So let’s come out and take our power back from selfish and corrupt politicians. For power belongs to us, not them.

The truth is that nobody owns the electoral process, as long as it a democracy that we are practicing. We all hold the power to determine who is voted into an officer or not. If you, a good person don’t come out to vote, holding the above mentioned mindsets, the truth is that the criminal and manipulative politicians would bring their few evil people that has no regard of sanity and sense of right, and give them one one thousand naira to vote for them, and at the end of it, the few bad people among us would determined the fate of the majority of us that are law abiding, not bad people, that truly want to see Nigeria go in the right path. I am going now to register, so that we can take back power come 2023. What about you???        

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