A former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, Ibrahim Mantu, has offered a vivid description of how he had in the past helped to compromise elections in favour of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mantu, who was a guest on a Channels Television interview programme, Hard Copy, aired on Friday, said he was making the revelations to ‘confess the truth’.
The modus operandi, according to him, was to make money available for electoral officials, security agents and party officials assigned to monitor the elections, and let them be aware of what your interests are.
“I don’t have to go and change election (results) but when you provide money, you give money to INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) boys that if they see any chance they should favour you, you provide money to the security (personnel); I tell you it’s not necessarily when I am contesting election but when my party sponsors a candidate, I will like that candidate to win election,” he explained.
The PDP stalwart, who professed to be a born again politician in 2017, added that apart from ‘settling’ designated government officials at the election scene, he also gave out money to representatives of other political parties monitoring the elections to ensure that all loose ends were tightened up in case of any legal implications for the dastardly act.
He, however, opined that the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria could be free of fraud if people of his kind would decide to be ‘born again’ like him and be ready to shun election malpractices.
“We need good governance and good governance can only be provided by good people; good people who are truly repentant, who are concerned about the well-being of the people,” he said as he urged Nigerians to ensure they voted wisely in 2019 and support leaders who would make the welfare of the people a top priority of their administration.