Elder statesman and prominent politician, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, has
disclosed that massive rigging took place in the North in the 2015 general
Yakassai revealed the electoral fraud to journalists when he led the newly
formed Northern Leaders Stakeholders Assembly to former Military
President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, at his Uphill Mansion in Minna, the
Niger State capital yesterday.
He cited instances of manipulation in the elections. According to him,
while the electronic voting was religiously observed in the southern part
of the country, it was not so observed in the north.
He remarked: “When the electronic voting was introduced, I was in support
of it, but I observed what happened in the 2015 general election and I
changed my mind.
“This is because it was religiously observed in the southern part of the
country, but it was not so religiously observed in the northern parts of
the country. It was from that moment that I began to have some
reservations about the electronic voting pattern.
“There are many ways of rigging election. What happened in 2015 where the
majority of southerners resident in the north were scared away from their
places of residence, where they had registered, to their place of origin
and therefore could not have the opportunity to vote, was rigging.
“Again some of the southerners who did not run away were afraid to come
out and vote on the day of election. So scaring people from coming out to
vote for the candidates of their choice is also a form of rigging.”
The 2015 election led to the emergence of Major- General Muhammadu Buhari
(rtd), a northerner, as president while the then incumbent, Dr. Goodluck
Jonathan, a southerner, lost.
Earlier at the meeting with Babangida, he lamented that most leaders of
northern extraction had for long taken the support of northerners for
granted, stressing that henceforth, it would not be business as usual.
Yakassai said they were at Babangida’s house to inform the former leader
of the objectives of the organisation dedicated to the unity and progress
of the north.
Babangida praised the efforts of the group and assured them of his support
as long as they worked for the unity of Nigeria.
Also at the meeting were Senator Joseph Waku, Alhaji Ghali Na Abba, Dr.
Mohammed Data, Alhaji Abba Hana, Hajiya Inna Corona, Hajiya Zainab Main,
Gimbia Rani, Alhaji Bala Mohammed and Dr. Umaru Babangida Aliyu, among
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