- Tanko Yakasai, an elder statesman said the 2015 general elections were rigged in the northern part of the country
- Yakasai noted that some southerners based in the north were disenfranchised in 2015
- Elder statesman also said when the electronic voting was introduced, he was in support of it, but he later changed his mind because of what happened in the election
Elder statesman and prominent politician, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai on Sunday, April 15, revealed that massive rigging took place in the north in the 2015 general elections.
Thecable reports that Yakassai made this revelation when he led the newly formed Northern Leaders’ Stakeholders’ Assembly to former military president general Ibrahim Babangida, at his Uphill Mansion in Minna, the Niger state capital.
According to him, while the electronic voting was religiously observed in the southern part of the country, it was not so observed in the north.
According to him, ''When the electronic voting was introduced, I was in support of it, but I observed what happened in the 2015 general election and I changed my mind.
''This is because it was religiously observed in the southern part of the country, but it was not so religiously observed in the northern parts of the country. It was from that moment that I began to have some reservations about the electronic voting pattern.
''There are many ways of rigging election. What happened in 2015 where the majority of southerners resident in the north were scared away from their places of residence, where they had registered, to their place of origin and therefore could not have the opportunity to vote, was rigging.
''Again some of the southerners who did not run away were afraid to come out and vote on the day of election. So scaring people from coming out to vote for the candidates of their choice is also a form of rigging.''
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Yakassai said they were at Babangida’s house to inform the former leader of the objectives of the organisation dedicated to the unity and progress of the north.
Babangida in his remark, praised the efforts of the group and assured them of his support as long as they worked for the unity of Nigeria.
Also at the meeting were Senator Joseph Waku, Alhaji Ghali Na Abba, Dr. Mohammed Data, Alhaji Abba Hana, Hajiya Inna Corona, Hajiya Zainab Main, Gimbia Rani, Alhaji Bala Mohammed and Dr. Umaru Babangida Aliyu, among others.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that a former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, Ibrahim Mantu revealed how he helped his party to win elections in the past.
Senator Mantu, who was a senator on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), ‘confessed the truth’ during an interview on Hard Copy, a Channels Television programme that airs on Friday, March 30.
He said: “I don’t have to go and change election (results) but when you provide money, you give money to INEC boys that if they see any chance they should favour you, you provide money to the security (personnel); I tell you it’s not necessarily when I am contesting election but when my party sponsors a candidate, I will like that candidate to win election.”
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