The position of the United States (US) that the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa State governorship elections were not credible has been faulted by Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi West).
Senator Adeyemi, who spoke in Lokoja at the weekend in his goodwill message to the 2020 Senate Press Corps Retreat, also declared that for effective and efficient anti-corruption war in Nigeria, the Mosaic or Sharia law should be be introduced.
The lawmaker, whose Kogi West election victory was also a subject of litigation over alleged violence and falsification of results, said the position of the United States was premised on misleading reports or information.
“US was misled on what transpired during the elections, particularly that of Kogi State where I served as the Director-General of the campaign team of Governor Yahaya Bello and as well, ran for the Senatorial seat of Kogi West in the election.
“Peculiar factors required for winning such elections were in our favour because Governor Yahaya Bello used his first term in office to get the hitherto divided people of the state united, aside performing excellently by confronting the problems of insecurity in the state as well as age-long institutional corruption within the state civil service.
“When I took up the appointment as the DG of the campaign, quite a number of our colleagues warned me and asked why I took up the assignment? I told them I did because of government of inclusiveness Governor Yahaya Bello is running.
“Besides, the East senatorial district where his PDP opponent came from, had the privilege of producing three different Governors between 1999 and 2016.
“The people of the state, particularly Kogi Central and Kogi West felt that the Central person should be re-elected in paving the way for Kogi West candidate in 2024.
“Even a lot of electorate in Kogi East also bought into the idea by voting for Governor Yahaya Bello for a second term,” Adeyemi explained.
Meanwhile, on the menace of corruption, the Kogi lawmaker opined that the inherited British laws being used to fight the scourge cannot produce the required results due to lot of loopholes.
According to him, being Africans, adopting Sharia or Mosaic law which gives room for cutting of hands or legs of thieves, will go a long way in curbing corruption in Nigeria.
“Like I said on the floor of the Senate, if we want this country to be great, we must look at some Acts of Parliament, moreso the ones that have to do with anti-graft agencies.
“I want my children to be happier than I am in Nigeria and to do that, there must be enough money to meet the needs and aspirations of the people.
“What am I talking about? Let us confront corruption. Very soon I’m coming back to the chamber to bring Bills on ICPC and EFCC.
“I want us to introduce Mosaic law, what you call Shariah law. By the time you cut the hands of 10, 20 people in this country, nobody will want to steal again,” Adeyemi said.