NewsReel-2 19/11/13 - Anambra Guber Poll: The Evil That Men Do Now Live With Them

[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] – (Public Information, Onitsha Nigeria, 19th of November, 2013)- Though, we
have resolved to speak categorically and extensively on the referenced
after the conclusion of the fixed supplementary poll in respect of Anambra
Governorship Poll, but this statement is to flash the minds of reasonable
and conscionable Nigerians on “how the hunters have turned against
themselves and begun to reap from what they sowed”. The Lagos hunters
have resorted to coordinated media warfare against the People and
Government of Anambra State over their last Saturday’s sacred decision in
choosing their next governor come March 17, 2014; though it is said to be
“inconclusive” for now. The attacks are coordinated by the APC, peopled
by its southwest political dominators.
We have spoken severally that the respect and integrity attached to
hitherto ennobled Nigerian media died after the anti-military struggle in
1999. What is left of the media, particularly the print and audio/visual
of the Southwest extraction, is nothing but an “ethnic jingoist mouth
piece”. If Anambra Governorship poll outcome had gone in their favour, no
matter how dirty, it would have been a celebration galore for them.
Before the poll proper, we advised the APC to learn from its horrible
mistakes in the Ondo governorship poll of 2012. There is a limit to media
propaganda and falsehood. Credible polls are no longer won on the basis
of media falsehoods and false alarms. Our advice at all times to those in
the corridors of electoral power is to concentrate less on “governance by
media or falsehood or propaganda” and pay most attention on
socio-economic governance because the best formula to win popular votes
lies therein. One of the reasons that make Dr. Ngige to lose election is
“rented crowd”, which makes it difficult for him to know his real
supporters and followers. Though his camp seemed to acknowledge this
warranting it to send the following sms to its suppoters: “it is not
enough to say Onwa is popular, make him truly popular by voting him as
your next governor”. Anambra is not made up of two LGAs, but 21.
The unfolding events from the Anambra Governorship Poll are not far from
the Obiano’s alleged voter double registration propaganda and falsehood,
quashed by a high court recently. In law, when facts grounded in law,
speak; others are nailed in the confine. In law court, “orbiter dictum or
dicta” (non court verdict binding remarks), no matter how lengthy or
quantitative, cannot invalidate or take precedent over “ratio
decidendi”(reason for deciding or binding court verdict speech). That Dr.
Alex Ekwueme’s or Chief Gani’s voter data were found doubly in Oshun and
Anambra State in 2007 cannot earn them “malicious double registrants”,
until circumstances are properly scrutinized to find out if they actually
registered doubly or whether it has to do with administrative incompetence
on the part of INEC.
Lapses that cannot affect the poll conduct and its outcome both
administratively and judicially are: low voter turnout, missing names in
the voters’ register, late arrival of voting materials provided voting
eventually takes place and is conclusive, pockets of hitches not amounting
to violence and massive irregularities, and cancellation of results in few
polling centers. These lapses are morally and administratively
condemnable, but not legally answerable, especially as per the entire poll
results’ cancelation. Court decisions cannot be predicated upon them,
though they may tongue-lashed under the Judge’s “orbiter dictum”. In
summation, they do not amount to “substantial non-compliance” with the
provisions of Electoral Act of 2010.
On the other hand, lapses that can affect the poll conduct and its outcome
are: substantial violence on poll day leading to deaths and property
destruction, production of poll results from the areas where poll do not
take place, massive irregularities including snatching and stuffing of
ballot boxes, thumb-printing or writing of results in areas other than
designated polling centers, declaration of poll results not obtained from
polling centers, deliberate omission of contesting candidates’ names and
photos etc. This is what is termed “substantial non compliance” with the
Electoral Act of 2010.
In the Anambra Governorship Poll, complaints were that “materials came
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