I Never Said Military Era Better is Than Democratic Govt – Smart Adeyemi

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Senator Smart Adeyemi, representing Kogi West, has clarified his position on the floor of the Senate where he was quoted to be comparing military rule to democratic government.

In a statement issued by his legislative aide, Olowo Cornelius, Adeyemi said he was misquoted by the media.

He stated that he never said military government is better than a democratic government while making contributions to a bill for an Act to establish the National Electoral Offences Commission and for other related matters.

Adeyemi clarified that his position during discussion on a bill to curtail the devastating effects of electoral violence and election rigging was that truncating the wish of the people by not allowing their votes to count in elections is worse than a military takeover.

“It is known globally that the hallmark of democracy is free and fair elections, but this can not be said of some of our previous elections in which politicians of questionable characters whose adoption of the do-or-die approach to elections have resulted in pandemonium, arson, killings and maiming, even the killing of security agents and youth corp members, and the criminal robbery of the people’s mandates at gunpoints.

“Where free and fair election is lacking, such is worst than a military government.

“In Nigeria today, hardly can elections be held, even for positions as small as Councillorship, without recording casualties. This can not be encouraged nor allowed to continue as the wish of the people as regarding who is to lead or represent them par time must be respected, if only we want, as a nation, to continue to enjoy the grace and favour of God, and the goodwill of the committee of nations. We must know that God will fight for the helpless and common man when criminal minded politician continue to trample upon their rights in their helpless positions.

“We must know that distinguished Senator Smart Adeyemi was himself a victim of electoral fraud and rigging, in the recent past he was personally made to know and experience the pains of election rigging, so he spoke from a position of personal experience.

“Nigerians must wake up to the fact that when leaders obtain their electoral mandates legally from the people, their interest and loyalty is to the people, but when electoral mandates are criminally obtained from thuggery and weapons, definitely their loyalty and commitments will be to the thugs and their weapons.

“Distinguished Senator Smart Adeyemi is a politician of repute who believes that democracy will deliver on it’s mandates if the processes leading to the emergence of our leaders and representatives are kept peaceful and sacred, development and growth of this nation can only be guaranteed when people occupying various political offices derive their mandates and legitimacy from the people,” Olowo said.

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