Tuesday, February 27, 2024

PDP lost 1998 LG election in Ogun because I refused to bribe INEC, Police – Obasanjo reveals

Former Nigerian President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo revealed that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lost the 1998 local government election in Ogun State because he adamantly refused to engage in bribery with officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police.

Speaking at a high-level consultation on ‘Rethinking Western Liberal Democracy in Africa,’ Obasanjo explained that he turned down the proposal, emphasizing his belief that both INEC officials and policemen were already salaried government workers.

He expressed his disapproval of the “Nigerian Factor” slang and recounted how, despite the loss in the election, he maintained his stance against bribery during subsequent elections.

Obasanjo criticized the current practice of Western liberal democracy in Africa, asserting that it fails to consider the impact of human nature and the African context, particularly the challenges posed by poverty and lack of education.

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