Nigerian politicians fond of fighting to win election – Nnamani


The chairman, Presidential Committee on Constitution and Electoral Reform, Senator Ken Nnamani has stated that most Nigerian politicians are fond of fighting to win elections.

According to him, elections in the country had become a do or die affair that once a candidate loses, he must head for court.

He said the ongoing reforms in the electoral system would ensure that winners of elections don’t assume office until petitions against them were determined.

Speaking in Enugu, during a public hearing, Nnamani noted that the measure would discourage attempts by politicians to win at all costs.

“We want to come up with a new system whereby no one can be sworn into office if there are election petitions hanging on his neck.

“Politicians are fond of fighting to win and saying, ‘let us go to court,” he said.

The former Senate President said it was sad that prosecution of election cases had become costlier than campaigns.

“Experience has shown that majority of the cases in our courts are either pre-election or post-election matters and we want to find a way out of this,” he said.

He said ‎the prevailing circumstances, where elections were won in courtrooms was discouraging.

“We want to ensure that, after a candidate has spent time to campaign and is given the mandate by the electorate, such mandates will not be dropped at the court, by way of losing the case,” he said.


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