Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says the foundation of elections in Nigeria is corruption.
Obasanjo said this while speaking at the Gospel faith mission convention today, 12th August 2023, as a guest speaker, on the theme the role of the church in nation-building at a time like this
”The foundation of election in Nigeria is corruption and you cannot make corruption the foundation of anything for it to be good”
While sighting the 1999 elections, he said the two first sad and bad experiences he had were during the local government election,were PDP was totally rejected “‘The two first sad and bad experiences that I had, we had local govt election in 1999.” A few days to the election, they said to me where is the money for the police, money for INEC, I said no money , money for DSS”.
Obasanjo noted he did not make money availble because he felt all goverment agencies should have been paid towards discharging their duties. ”We went to elections, we did not have one candidate. all our candidates failed, i felt bad”. ”They came to me if you have allowed us do it the way we have been doing it, the results would have been different”. ”Some days to the state assembly election, I did not go to any of their meetings. I said I don’t want to be part of this, and I was not.” ”To my surprise, the result of the state assembly election was not different from the local government election
At that time in the southwest in 1999 PDP was totally rejected no matter what.” That was my first experience of the type of corruption and corrupting influence of corruption in politics. ”The foundation of elections in Nigeria is corruption and you cannot make corruption the foundation of anything for it to be good”