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Re: Nnamani's Faux Pas
By Flint David
( Friday, April 27, 2007 )
Dear Editor of New Nigerian,
It is with great sadness that I have decided to spend my lunch time today to reply or add to your analysis of Senator Nnamani’s comment on Nigerian election 2007. I am very impressed of the layout of your on-line editorial and I congratulate you and your team for good work. But as a human I don’t need to waste time to denounce your editorial inclination on this matter.
Nigerian Election 2007 is very important to the whole world and the world expects some foundation of democratic platform to be forged from this election, but what we have is complete abuse of democratic process. INEC in today’s Sun newspaper blame Atiku, I quote “Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday chided the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Maurice Iwu, for making comments to the effect that the irregularities that attended the presidential election was due to the Supreme Court ruling which directed that he (Atiku) be allowed to run. “ Atiku spoke on a day prominent Nigerians, including Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari and former Governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Umar called for restraints in their reactions to the announcement of Governor Umaru Yar'Adua as the president-elect.
The United States Government through White House Spokeswoman, Ms Dana Perino, yesterday also expressed concern about the reports of “irregularities” that have trailed the election while urging aggrieved parties to “resolve their concerns through peaceful means.” IRI, Europe and rest of the world all express shock on the conduct of Nigerian Government master mind and forge the election 2007 results is unforgivable. Nnamani said what New Nigerian and other newspaper editors should be saying and fighting for, in Britain and France this cannot happen.
Let me ask you a question, if Atiku hadn’t stopped Obasanjo 3rd term bid to Aso Rock, Atiku would have hopefully become the president in 2011? PDP as a political party has failed in everything a party in government provides for its Citizens, I have being to Nigeria two times since Obasanjo came to power through PDP and every time the situation get worst for 85% of Nigerians and history will judge journalist in Nigeria who have failed its Citizens to publish the sufferings of your fellow Nigerians are experiencing in Nigeria and abroad. Like you rightly said that election is not the only quality of a democratic process, but you must understand that election is the fundamental and foundation of democracy and must be protected and respected because it is the only way and means people like you, Buhari, Orji, Babangida, Matama Sule, Nnamani, Atiku, Umaru, Manta, Obsanjo, Nweke and others can choose a representative and these representatives must be the choice of its people and not by the government choice or by means of electoral fraud.
Nigeria is over 46 years old as a country, is the 6th oil producing country in the world, has no electricity, no pipe running water, no democracy, rampant lawlessness e.g. when some criticise the government he/she will be slaughtered by the presidential wicked machine, there is no respect for the law from these machine e.g. information, AG and even PDP officals, the Obsanjo’s office spend more time fight common people, disrespect for law even at high and supreme court level respectively, yesterday he authorise the sacking of 23 Atiku staff. Obasanjo on the election I quote from New Nigeria “ THE imperfections in the just-concluded general elections in the country were not sufficient enough to invalidate the results, President Olusegun Obasanjo has said. "I don’t deny that there were imperfections in the elections, but the magnitude does not make the results null and void", he stated when he spoke on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).He stressed that no election system anywhere in the world was perfect, but stated that Nigeria’s system had been improving since he first voted in the country’s pre-independence polls in 1959.
President Obasanjo said, "following the Supreme Court judgement on Monday, the Independent National Electoral Commission was faced with the huge challenge of producing 65 million voter cards within 48 hours, shipping the cards to Nigeria and distributing to all corners of the country on time for the elections". I find this comment very sad, I don’t know Atiku but from what I read from Nigerian newspaper websites Obasanjo’s fighting Atiku is unjust and undemocratic. Journalists should look out for the truth and tell the truth and educate the people, but Nigerian Jorrnlists including New Nigerian news paper side the government of the day and try not to be part of the problem. Question for your and your team was there a election conducted in Nigeria in April 2007 with 10% of rightful voters casting their votes. the whole world is against Obsanjo's dictatorship and the world have failed to congratulate the president-elect.
Thanks and Best regards.
Photo Above: Nigerian Senate President, Ken Nnamani making a special appeal to U.S. Ambassador John Campbell for incresed US assistance to Nigeria's election.
*Article Reason For Rejoinder Above is Published Below
Nnamani's Faux Pas
On April 14, 2007, Senate President Ken Nnamani, like most Nigerians, went out to vote on the governorship and state assembly elections but on getting to his Amechi Awkunanaw ward 2 polling centre, around noon, he could not find any electoral official. Earlier, according to reports, he had gone to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Enugu branch, where sensitive election materials were kept and he was assured that the materials had been disbursed. Thereafter, the Senate president went to his polling centre to cast his vote but was shocked to find out that INEC officials had not arrived. Senator Nnamani, apparently in anger, reportedly said he has not only lost confidence in the election, but also felt that the delay has rubbished the entire election. In addition, he canvassed for the postponement of the poll and also said "Nigeria is not yet ready for democracy."
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