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The Official Casualties of Nigeria’s Election

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Nigeria News takes a look at the outcome of the Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections, the pros and cons.

Those that lost their lives in Saturday election may have become the sacrificial lambs because there will never be any thorough investigation to unravel the circumstance of their death.

May the souls of the departed rest in peace. It was gathered that a few numbers of people sustained various injuries while some ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), precisely, the corps members were abducted by hoodlums.

These are the real casualties that will be documented by the media and the government. For politicians who entered the race but lost in a dramatic way, they become the official casualties of this election.

In Kwara, the Saraki’s dynasty and of course dominance in the state was pulled down by the resolute “Kwarans” who voted massively for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to win the three senatorial seats in the state.

The PDP candidate for Kwara Central Senatorial District and the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki lost to Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe of the APC.

In Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the APC lost to the PDP’s Kola Balogun in Oyo South Senatorial District.

In Akwa Ibom, the former Governor, Godswill Akpabio who is the APC candidate and was beaten by the former deputy governor of the state, Christopher Ekpenyong.

In Kaduna State, Senator Shehu Sani of Peoples Redemption Party lost to the APC candidate in the Kaduna Central Senatorial District.

But in Kogi, Senator Dino Melaye of PDP defeated Smart Adeyemi of APC with over 20, 000 votes. Ironically the election that sacked Saraki is the same election that returned Melaye.

In all of these, I can infer that the peoples’ will is taking the centre stage and this will be more pronounced if our leaders would allow the will to prevail for a long time.

Nigeria will be great. The people know what they want and how to get it, but by using brutal force, the people’s will is always subverted. This had happened in Okota Lagos and some parts of Rivers State where electorate were not allowed to vote their choice candidates.

Can anybody say the people of Kwara are fools? They are not and have shown Saraki the exit door because he failed to know when to quit. Saraki to me sacked himself when he quit APC without necessarily fortifying his base.

Can anybody say the people of Kogi are idiots? No, they are not as they defied all odds to return Dino Melaye to the Senate because they know his traducer, Governor Yahaya Bello, has offered them nothing except touting being the most ardent supporter of President Buhari.

Governor Ajimobi, who won election twice as a governor was rejected as a Senator because he took the people for granted. He failed to address the rot in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology. He shot himself at the leg when he pulled down the music and radio house of Yinka Ayefele.

Nigerians are speaking louder with their ballot papers.

Nigerians are no fools, it is only that leaders using state apparatus and stolen public funds to intimidate them are suppressing their will.

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