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LET US REASON TOGETHER — THE REGRETTABLE EFFECTS OF UNCIVILIZED POLITICS

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 ”“The way politics is played in this country frightens me every dawning day. ”It is a fight to finish affair. ”Nobody accepts defeat at the polls.”  Late Hon. Justice Niki Tobi of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. ”The Committee has found that election mindsets are one of the critical elements that determine the success of electoral practices; and the election mindsets of Nigerians are not only largely negative; they are also largely irrational.” The Hon. Justice Muhammadu Lawal Uwais, CJN retd.  Those two views expressed by two prominent Nigerians are worth recalling as the opening to this treatise. As Osun State goes to the polls to elect a governor that will run the affairs of the State for four years effective November 26, 2018, (all things being equal) a number of issues arise.  And they have to do with our preparedness to embrace true democratic conducts as embraced by the advanced countries whose constitutions we have copied wholesale at different periods. Let us agree that there is no society that is perfect. Even the foremost democracy, the United States has occasionally been enmeshed in controversies arising from flawed elections. However,  citizens of those climes that we imitate have been able to at least enforce their fundamental human rights.  Regrettably, democracy has been the greatest loser in this sad development. The two electoral review committees put together in the last 8 years have rightly suggested that there must be impartial arbiters in electoral contests. This means that we must have umpires that are not partisan as in INEC and law enforcement agencies.  In supervising elections, these bodies must clearly conduct themselves objectively and without fear or favour; ill-will or affection. Arguably, manipulation of the will of the people is wrong. But it is even more wrong and unacceptable for political actors to engage in acts that undermine the laws of the nation. In the past, elections have been accompanied by termination of human lives and damage invaluable property simply because of disagreements arising from electoral contests.  There are some posers: Why has the political class always thought and behaved differently, against all known principles of patriotism and national development? Is it compulsory, for instance, that I win an electoral contest if I vie for any elective position? Why can’t we just respect the wishes of the electorate THE MASSES/ELECTORATE & VULTURES WAITING FOR BRIBE: The culture ”cash and carry” politics, for which…

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