‘Soldiers’ Involvement In Polls Will Hurt Democracy’
A PDP Youth Leader in Ward 2 Obio/Akpor LGA, Richard Ordu, has warned that army’s involvement in the electoral process could spell doom for Nigeria’s democracy.
Ordu who was reacting to the alleged involvement of soldiers in the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in Rivers state, said soldiers were trained to defend the territorial boundaries of the nation in times of war not meddle in election matters.
He told The Vortex that he was horrified by the large number of soldiers in military vans he saw a day before the elections stating that the soldiers, were used for unwholesome purposes by the stalwarts of the APC.
“We heard that they invaded polling units in some local government areas like Eleme, Khana, Akuku Toru and carted away electoral materials for their paymasters” the PDP youth leader lamented.
He said, the presence of soldiers at polling units/wards was responsible for the low turn-out of voters during the elections.
Ordu decried the barricading of INEC office at Aba Road by soldiers in a bid to force INEC to announce what he called, manipulated results.
“We commend INEC for not succumbing to their intimidation to announce the results which would have dented its image. The suspension of collation of results was in order, but the umpire should continue with its good work immediately the soldiers vacate its premises”, he said.
He told The Vortex that he was confident that Governor Wike would win the election, having been in clear lead at the units. “It is also instructive to note that the PDP candidates for the House of Assembly won all the constituencies already announced sofar. Governor Wike will equally cruise to victory”, Ordu stated.
The youth leader urged president Buhari and the international community to call the military to order, to desist from meddling in future Nigeria’s elections.
“We wouldn’t want anything, including the military to truncate this democracy which we have struggled to build”, he said.