Nigeria News – Nomination Form from Prison
Nigeria News takes a look at the speed and manner at which aspirants obtain nomination forms, including those that are serving jail terms.
It was the former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Otunba Iyiola Omisore that won an election to the Senate while in prison. Omisore was being interrogated over the murder of the former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige by the police.
The former deputy governor was remanded as investigations continued but surprisingly won the election for the Osun East Senatorial District without mounting a podium to campaign. He won from the prison and eventually became the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation.
Till date, Omisore had continually denied his alleged involvement in the death of Ige. As at Monday, the news that a former Governor of Plateau State and two-term senator, Joshua Dariye had obtained a nomination form to contest for a senatorial seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress filled the air.
Dariye is serving 14 years jail term over 1 billion ecological funds he misappropriated during his tenure as Plateau State Governor.
Dariye’s kinsman, one Shadrach Kopmuk posted on social media, a copy of the nomination form obtained by the former governor to contest for the senatorial seat.
Dariye has not denied the allegation perhaps because he cannot speak from Kuje prison where he is currently serving. But the impunity continues outside the prison, where the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki obtained two nomination forms.
Saraki obtained the nomination form for the presidential seat from the Peoples Democratic Party and by proxy, he obtained another one for the senatorial seat. It was gathered that one of Saraki’s allies was asked to obtain nomination form but with the plan to give it to Saraki in the event that the Senate president fails to win the PDP ticket for the presidency.
The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal did the same. He obtained two nomination forms for presidential and governorship seats. There are many flaws in the country’s electoral act, which the present government will need to amend.
Yes, the National Assembly had amended the electoral act, President Muhammadu Buhari had refused to sign it into law because the lawmakers had tilted it to favour themselves.
While some aspirants had bought two nomination forms, there were those who pretended not to have got enough money to buy one. President Buhari lamented that he had no money to obtain the form until a group, the Nigeria Consolidation Network presented him a N45 million cheque.
Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai also came out on Monday that he could not afford the N22.5 million expression of interest and nomination forms for his second term in office. It appears this is a new drift in the political circle to deceive the electorate as the 2019 poll draws nearer.
That the poor who can hardly afford three square meal will contribute to buy nomination forms for politicians who do not care about them sounds absurd and shows how myopic the political elites have thought they could play on the intelligence of the masses. It is galore of deceit.