28th February, 2023
A retired Major-General of the Nigerian Army and former acting Military Governor of the defunct South-Eastern State, Prince (Dr) Oluyemi Bajowa, OFR has lambasted former President Olusegun Obasanjo who shocked the world on Monday by calling for annulment of the ongoing democratic process in the country.
The election results of Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections are already being collated and read at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s collation centre in Abuja.
Since the strange call by Chief Obasanjo for a halt to the electoral process, eminent Nigerians who were outraged by the development have described the call as unpatriotic and self-serving.
Gen. Bajowa said the former president, who had before the election publicly endorsed one of the candidates, was not sincere and lack the moral stand to make such a call.
Below is the full text of Gen. Bajowa’s press release on Tuesday:
DON’T ALLOW NIGERIA’S DEMOCRACY TO BE TRUNCATED
It is very sad, most disheartening and grossly unexpected that a man of the calibre of a former military Head of State and two-time civilian President, General Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, could contemplate anything that could truncate Nigeria’s democratic process at this very crucial stage!
General Obasanjo was the one who gave me orders to go to the war front in 1967, to fight the legendary Ore Battle, “to keep Nigeria One”.
Without any attempt to undermine General Obasanjo, I believe that his intentions on the 2023 electoral process, are far from being sincere, given the fact that he openly endorsed a particular candidate who incidentally is not leading the polls, as already announced by INEC.
As the saying goes: “He who must come to equity; must come with clean hands”. Hence, It is obvious that having endorsed a candidate, General Obasanjo’s hands are not clean in this instance, and he lacks the moral right to come to equity.
I advise President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, not to be deterred by the anti-democratic voices making the rounds and not be swayed, deceived, or persuaded to allow anyone to destroy his worthy legacy of excellent service to our great nation.
A quick glance at the results announced so far by INEC, paints a clear picture of the direction in which the voice of the people is tilted. There are several upsets which only a free and fair process could have produced.
For instance, the official release of results so far showed that President Buhari lost Katsina, Bola Tinubu lost Lagos, El-Rufai lost Kaduna, Ganduje lost Kano, Lalong lost Plateau. All these states are strongholds of the Ruling Political Party! How else can a process be free, fair, and transparent?
I call on all well-meaning Nigerians across political parties, tribes, and religions to rise and condemn any attempt by any persons of sinister motives, to create problems for our country, leading to anarchy that could endanger peace, unity, and stability of Nigeria, and even the disintegration of the country.
Nigeria is not a lawless country. The constitution is clear on who should conduct elections, and there are provisions for review on irregularities, punishment for infractions, and aggrieved parties to seek redress through the legal process! In fact, the law does not make any provision for unilateral cancellation or annulment of election results. Such a move is totally wrong, undemocratic, unacceptable, and unconstitutional.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!
Prince Dr (Gen) Olu Bajowa, OFR