OPEN LETTER TO INEC, STAKEHOLDERS, STATESMEN AND POLITICAL LEADERS OF NIGERIA ON 2023 GENERAL ELECTIONS
6th March 2023,
By Dr. O. Favour AYODELE
Ex-ADC Presidential Aspirant, 2023
Founder Third Force Forum – 3FF
“There is fire on the mountain” – a song written and sung by our “Afrodynamic” world singer- ASA. This is the current situation in Nigeria and we must by all means stop every form of unconstitutional agitation.
Your authority, power and influence has over time technically designed the fate of over 200 million Nigerians through political and electioneering trajectories; hence, today’s national aberration. The hope of the people is now collaterally damaged by INEC’s equivocal failed promise on vote capital.
Nigeria’s unification agreeably was on fundamental interests of different regional socioeconomic configurations with validation to admit the absolute consideration of her multilingual, multi-ethnic, multicultural and multinational group of diverse resources and values for the growth and advancement of Nigeria.
Thus, we must not also forget that the progressive independence of Africa rests upon Nigeria’s sovereignty when she is free from resource and fundamental human right threat.
The just concluded 2023 Presidential election has by all standards and measures lacked credibility and democratic value, which may not sustain the voting interest of the people of Nigeria.
A quick reminder, the INEC Chairman promised Nigerians and the world, the procedures and technical support of the electoral law and its machinery would be guarded, protected and functional with assured features for free, fair, credible and transparent elections through the provision of BVAS.
The conduction, results collation, electronic transmission, final announcement of the presidential result and the declaration coupled with cosmetic presentation of certificate of return to Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu by INEC Chairman need a swift re-address through the rule of law and electoral protocol to guide against antagonistic political suffocation.
I am concerned about what I consider “a full-blown threat to Nigerian Democracy, hence political bile by ethnic pomposity “. It’s therefore important as a matter of urgency to attend to all aggrieved parties on what has breached our national collective values and fundamental sagacity as its obvious, the leadership doesn’t possess quality cross-regional content and sustainable geopolitical assurance that is currently breeding tribal discrimination and political sectional indoctrination.
Nigeria is bigger than elections, individuals, egocentrism and unpleasant backlash through party candidates. We can’t because of the selfish interest of anyone forget the fundamental conjugation of Nigeria as she was not founded based on tribalistic capitalism but on geopolitical resources, love and world values. The country’s democracy is still fragile, it must not collapse as it’s becoming lonely and frustrating.
I, therefore appeal to our former Presidents, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, former and seating State Governors, religious leaders, traditional rulers, political party leaders, Stakeholders, Statesmen, INEC, pressure groups, Patriots and concerned individuals with all sense of responsibility, kindly cease all sort of tribal confusion, political inflammatory instigation and illusionism by unhealthy issues for the sake of peace and progress, most especially, the future of our children’s children.
Ado, some powers in the world want Nigeria to go on exile through hate and division because they know Nigeria’s strength is in her liberalism, hospitality, friendliness and human capital.
Colonial masters are interested in our political misunderstanding so that Nigeria can lose its potential resource. We must therefore be sensitive and work intentionally towards our collective efforts, happiness, home, environment, progress, unity, peace and care for one another.
Let us continue to respect our differences without emotional blackmailing and or ethnic inciting.
Humanity and Nigeria FIRST!