Adams Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo State, claims that the nation’s electoral system has improved and that it is no more a “do or die” situation.
During the Citizens Elections Dialogue hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Yiaga Africa, and Channels Television on Tuesday, Oshiomhole made the remark.
The former governor was addressing Senator Dino Melaye’s statement that President Muhammadu Buhari nominated APC members to serve as resident electoral commissioners. But according to Oshiomhole, unlike in the past, the President is dedicated to a fair electoral process and has often reaffirmed his commitment to doing so.
“I don’t want to sit down here and defend who is sympathetic to who but the Senate should do their job and I am happy that it has both APC and PDP members who are active, vibrant, and knowledgeable. They know who is who and it is their business to scrutinise those who have been nominated,” the former national chairman of the ruling APC said during the show aired on Channels Television.
“But congratulate President Buhari for being able to tell the world that this election is not a do-or-die for him or his party. I am proud of that. You may not be proud of it because you are in history as having had a president who said because he is leaving, he must be succeeded by the PDP otherwise it is a do-or-die affair. We have moved past that.”
While supporting his claim, Oshiomhole noted that even the President’s harshest detractors concur that Buhari has never used the military to gain political advantage.
“I think even the worst critic of President Buhari will admit that he has not tried to misuse the Armed Forces or the police in order to have an electoral advantage for people running an election on his platform or even his own election,” he added.
“At every stage, he has insisted he wants to leave a legacy of a free and fair election.”