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Guber Elections: Timi Frank Flays Military Involvement In Electoral Process



The former deputy spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank has flayed the brazen display of force exhibited by the military in opposition strongholds.

Frank also said the recent development across the states, especially in the Niger Delta has vindicated him of several alarms he had raised before the election.

In a statement he signed and made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja, Frank further said in a bid to militarising the election process and level of desperation by the ruling Party has never been seen in any democracy worldwide.

“The denial by the Nigerian Army of non-interference is despicable and an insult to the sensibilities of Nigerians, even when video evidences abound in the public space.

“The combined sections of 217(2c) 305(3c) of the constitution is very clear on the roles of the military in our elections, suffice to say that the Supreme Court judgement barring the military from any polling station in Nigeria is still subsistent and cannot be set aside by any court of law.

“It is rather unfortunate and regrettable that the President and Commander in chief, who is a direct beneficiary of a free and fair election is directly involved in scuttling same process, which he is a beneficiary. It will be safe to assume therefore, that democracy has finally come to an end 20 yrs after being retrieved from the military by an overzealous dictator who would rather kill all democratic institutions instead of building and strengthening existing institutions.”

Frank called on Nigerians to rise up now or forever live with the outcome of what he described as “deadly and evil cabal bent on governing with all high handedness, without recourse to the will of the people.

“I’m urging all true supporters of a progressive and new Nigeria to stand up and fight for their votes to be protected from the hands of this evil devourers. The nationwide voter apathy as recorded all over the country is an indication that the citizens are fed up and do not believe in the neutrality of the electoral umpire and has therefore lost confidence in the electoral process.

“I am therefore calling on all peace loving Nigerians in the Niger Delta to rise up and brace themselves for any eventualities in a bid to protecting their mandate and standing tall without fear and intimidation. The world is watching and has been put on notice to the atrocities committed by the Nigerian Army on innocent unarmed Nigerians during the elections.

“It is rather unfortunate and laughable that the INEC chairman is declaring opposition states inconclusive, when he clearly refused to do same during the Presidential elections, which was wickedly manipulated to favour the APC despite widespread anomalys. That evil declaration will be retrieved in due course and Nigerians will know the truth. The figures from the gubernatorial elections alone attest and proves that the presidential elections was gravely flawed and rigged in the ruling party favor.”

The former APC deputy spokesman also called on the international community, the US, EU and the UK to task the electoral umpire to desist forthwith from any further delay in announcing the winner of the gubernatorial elections in the opposition strongholds states immediately.

“The results for Kano, Delta, Bauchi, Adamawa, Plateau, Benue, Sokoto and Rivers states are already known and in the public domain and as such any attempt to further manipulate the results from this units will be resisted fiercely, as it is a democratic right for every Nigerian citizen.”