Nigeria’s former Deputy Senate president, Sen. Ibrahim Mantu, on Friday revealed how he contributed to rig elections for his party in the past elections.
Senator Mantu, who was a senator on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), ‘confessed the truth’ during an interview on Hard Copy, a Channels Television programme that airs on Friday.
In his words, “Yes! Yes! I did. I am now confessing the truth. But what I mean is that I don’t have to go and change election results. But when you provide money, you give money to INEC boys to help you if they see any chance to favour you. You provide money to the security.
“All our elections in the past, I have been a part of it. I have been in this game for forty years. It’s not necessarily when I am contesting an election, but when my party sponsors a candidate; I would want that person to win the election.
“Just like what we do, we make provision for INEC, we make provision for security, we make provision for even agents of other political parties so that they will not raise any objection to whatever we are able to get.
“So whether I rig the election or not, by providing those resources…. Financial inducement to the officials, I have rigged the election”.
The former Deputy Senate President who pronounced himself as a born-again politician in 2017 disclosed that he helped to rig elections by providing financial inducements to officials involved in the conduct of the polls.
Asked if country can overcome election malpractices coming 2019 election, he said, “I believe we can because you see, if born again people like me refuse to do it and we the players refuse to give, then our election will be good.
“Why I am saying this is because I am tired of been seen as a criminal in the street of the world because I am a Nigerian”, he said.
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— Esther Ogun-Yusuf (@MaupeO) March 30, 2018