Nigeria: May Our Renewed Hope Not Become Renewed Captivity

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By Christie Oby Ndukwe

 

Forces that have kept Nigeria in chains are stronger than the Prince of Persia that withheld Daniel’s answers for 21 days.

 

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Tell me how else to describe the frustration faced by candidates who seek redress in court after INEC had declared winners in an election fraught with bare-faced irregularities and deliberate manipulations?

 

The style now is “Let us win first and let them go to Court.”

 

Yes, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a candidate to prove electoral fraud at the Election Petition Tribunal. What is the cost of hiring lawyers, collating evidence, and even paying witnesses?

 

The winner uses state resources to fund his case while the petitioner continues to borrow to get justice. What is the price of Justice? How many can afford it? This is one reason many exchange their tickets for bags of Ghana-Must-Go made easier in US dollars.

Written by Chief Obiaruko Christie Ndukwe, a socio-political commentator, analyst and columnist based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

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