Dogara, APC caucus fault electoral violence
David|March. 13, 2019
- The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has condemned electoral violence in Nigeria
- According to Dogara, the country at the current stage of democracy should not experience such during elections
- The speaker Dogara, however, sent a condolence message to the family of a lawmaker, late Temitope Olaoye Sugar who was killed during the last election
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has faulted electoral violence that occurred in the just concluded governorship and state assembly poll in the country.
Dogara, who spoke immediately after signing the condolence register of a lawmaker, late Hon. Temitope Olaoye Sugar who was killed during the last election said he felt the country should have moved beyond such electoral misdemeanours.
The Nation reports that the speaker while condemning the killings across the country said Nigeria at this stage of democracy should not experience such during elections.
According to him, “It is unfortunate that we lost our colleague and many other Nigerian during the elections due to electoral violence. This is so unfortunate for us as a nation and even for our democracy.”
“We need to move away from this kind of experiences to a better place as a nation, it is not helping our democracy.''
Similarly, the All Progressives Congress Caucus in the House decried the pockets of violence that took place during the last governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
On his part, the leader of the Caucus and the House, Femi Gbajabiamila in a statement said the loss of lives during the election was regrettable.
He said: “The 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections have come and gone. They were keenly contested and hard fought and were largely free and fair.
“We condemn those who perpetrated violence in pockets of places and regret the loss of lives. Our Caucus believes strongly that there is no victor and vanquished and victory belongs only to democracy and the Nigerian Masses.
“We congratulate the President and all players and stakeholders. We congratulate our party, the APC. We congratulate the PDP and other Parties for their remarkable showing and competitiveness-our democracy is the better for it.
“We congratulate INEC-despite the hiccups, the umpire gave us fairly credible elections. But as a country, we must strive for perfection and try to do better. In this regard, the legislature is key in retooling the electoral law and process and perfects it going forward.
“Most especially we congratulate the Nigerian people for keeping faith with our democracy and the election process which can only get better as we progress.
''It is our understanding that some areas were declared inconclusive-we hope INEC will do the needful and speedily re conduct elections in those areas so we can move forward.”
The lawmaker said there have been many disappointments on all sides as many members from different parties have lost during the electoral process.
Olatoye, popularly known as Sugar was murdered on Saturday, March 9, during the governorship and state assembly election in Ibadan, the state capital of Oyo. The police, however, said Olatoye's death is not in anyway connected to the election.
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