Rig Ondo Election and See The Dogs Of War By Femi Fani-kayode

Prince Adedeji Soyebi who is the INEC National Commssioner for the south
west is leading the team for the Ondo state governorship election
today whilst Professor Kayode Soremilekun the Vice Chancellor of the
Federal University, Oye is the Returning Officer.

This is a dangerous combination. Both men are
anti-PDP and Soremilekun is the same individual that was appointed as
the returning officer for the Edo state 2016 governorship election.

Sadly we witnessed the havoc that he caused there. He shamelessly rigged
the election for APC in Edo and he is under orders to do the same in
Ondo state today.

We must stop him and those that sent him on this robbery operation. Ondo
state is not Edo and if they rig the election there will be

We must begin to learn from history. We must remember the fire and
carnage that engulfed old Ondo state in 1983 after the ruling party of
the day, the NPN, rigged the governership election.

We must draw the necessary lessons from that and never allow it to
happen again.

That single act of electoral robbery led to the death of many innocent
souls and signaled the end of the second Republic because it resulted in
a military coup d’etat a few months later.

The truth is that rigging in the south west, whether it be in the
elections of 1964, 1983 or 1993, always results in massive violence and
its consequences are always felt way beyond the shores and boundries of

It also always results in the total and complete destabilisation of the
entire nation and a violent, unconstitutional and controversial change
of government at the centre.

Permit me to explain.

The rigging of the south western regional elections in 1964 and the
violence that followed it was the primary justification and reason for
the bloody and violent coup that took place on January 15th 1966. Many
were killed that night.

Again the rigging of the governorship election in 1983 and the violence
that followed it was the primary reason and justification for the coup
that took place a few months later in that same year and that ironically
brought General Muhammdu Buhari (as he then was) to power.

Again many were killed that night.

Finally the rigging (or the “annulment”) of the June 12th 1993
presidential election, in which the free and fair election of Chief MKO
Abiola, a leading son of the south west, as President of Nigeria was
cancelled at the last minute caused a violent reaction in the south west
(and indeed consternation all over the country) and resulted in the
“stepping aside” of General Ibrahim Babangida as Head of State in 1994.
Again many were killed that night.

We must avoid a repeat of any of these scenarios at all costs. We must
not allow murder, arson and violence to hold sway or take root.

We must pray for and keep the peace.

INEC should not allow itself to be used by a rappacious and desperate
Federal Govermment to win the state “at all costs”.

They must not do anything that will provoke the wrath of the people of
Ondo and they must ensure that the election is free and fair. That is
the only way to guarantee and ensure peace.

Anything short of that will result in the murder of sleep, the
invocation of the clouds of uncertainty and the release of the dogs of

To the PDP in Ondo state I have just this to say: we are very proud of
you, your state and your governor, Segun Mimiko.

You have fought against all odds and ensured that you were not robbed,
murdered and buried by the enemies within and the cockroaches, vultures,
traitors and usurpers that infiltrated your ranks and that sought to
cripple, disable and destroy you.

The Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal have given you justice and God
has brought you so far.

Now is the time for you to shed all your fears and anxieties and
exercise your faith in God and express your confidemce in your
governor, your leaders and your candidate.

Do not be overwhelmed and do not be intimidated by the rantings,
intentions and plans of the enemy because the Lord, who is always
faithful to His own, is with you. He will never allow you to be put to

The whole nation is watching you and praying for you.

Go forth and do us all proud.

Go out in your millions, vote for our candidate Eyitayo Jegede and make
sure that you stand firm and guard your votes jealously.

Do not be intimidated by the power of the Federal Government or the
threats, taunts and insults of their numerous emissaries and agents
because in the end we shall surely prevail.

Saturday the 26th November is your day of victory and vindication. Go
forth, claim it, take it and show them that your God is mighty.