Mantu: Why I confessed Election Rigging as APC Asks Other PDP Members To Do Same

A former Deputy Senate Presidentt, Ibrahim Mantu, has offered reasons why he confessed to rigging elections for the former ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This as the All Progressives Congress (APC) asked other ‘guilty’ PDP members to queue behind Mantu and do the same.
Mantu, a former member of the PDP’s Board of Trustees, in an interview with a broadcasting station said he was actively involved in compromising election officials, security officers and even agents of rival parties to either assist in rigging candidates of the PDP to victory or look the other way in cases of obvious rigging.
He said he confessed because he was tired of the abundance of poverty in the country.
He said he hopes that his confession will result in good governance by the election of credible people, who would prudently manage the resources of the country and ensure equitable wealth for everyone, into public office.
“Yes, yes, I did. But I am now confessing the truth. What do I mean? I didn’t have to go and change election but you provide money. You give money to INEC boys to help; that is, they see any chance they should try and favour you. You provide money for the security. All our elections in the past, I have been in the game for about 20 years.
“And I tell you each time it is not necessarily when I am contesting an election but when my party sponsors a candidate I would like that candidate to win the election. What we used to do before, we make provision for INEC, we make provision for security, we make provision for even agents of other parties so that they would not raise any objection to what we are able to get. Whether I rig myself or not, but when I provide those resources to the officials, I am rigging election.
“I believe so because if people are born again like me and should refuse to do it. We the players, unless we give before somebody will take. Don’t give so you will not get a taker,” he said.
But Mantu explained during the same interview that he decided to confess to election rigging because he was tired of the negative perception Nigerians have abroad.
“You didn’t even ask me why am I thinking this way?”, he asked the interviewer.
“I am tired of being seen as a criminal on the street of the world because you are a Nigerian. You assume that everybody is an innocent human being until being proven otherwise but whilst you are outside this country with a green passport and they see that you are a Nigerian, even if you are a pastor or an imam they will assume that you are criminally minded or you have criminal tendencies just because of where you come from. That must change,” he said.
“I am tired of living in poverty in the midst of plenty. Even how much you have, you see people coming to you every day, my wife has given birth my relation is in the hospital. Every day. But if everybody has enough to take care of his or herself, they won’t come bordering you saying give me this, give me that.
“We have the resources that people can live decent lives without being beggars to those who have. Just because we haven’t gotten our own governance system right. So, we need good governance, good governance can only be provided by good people, good people who are truly repentant, who are actually there to serve the people, who are concerned about the well-being of the people being the primary concern. If we have such leaders, then I can tell you they would judiciously and prudently use our resources for the common good of everybody.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has advised other PDP members to imitate Mantu and confess their sins against the country.
Bolaji Abudulahi, APC National Publicity Secretary, who made the call in a statement in Abuja, said that the PDP should follow Mantu’s example instead of indulging in name calling.
“Apparently burdened by guilty conscience, the PDP National Chairman had last week apologised to the nation for the years of misrule that his party has brought to the country.
“The APC noted this apology, but asked the PDP to go a step further and confess to their sins before restitution could be considered.
“Instead of taking this path to redemption, PDP has engaged in fruitless ‘you too’ accusations and name calling,” the APC spokesman said.
This, he said, was further evidence that the PDP was not ready for repentance and only offered the apology with the hope that Nigerians would grant them “amnesty and a short-cut back to power”.
Abudullahi added that Mr. Mantu had however, “belled the cat, by confessing to how he helped the PDP to rig elections in the past.
“We hope that PDP will follow the bold example of the former Senator and confess to their other sins against Nigeria,” the APC spokesman stressed.

Author: News Editor

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