2023 General Election “This Election Is Not A Do-Or-Die”- Oshiomole
Adams Oshiomhole, the Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and a Former Governor of the state of Edo, has claimed that Nigeria has evolved past the time of “do-or-die politics.”
Speaking at the Citizens Elections Dialogue hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Yiaga Africa, and Channels Television, Oshiomhole made this claim.
He stated that Nigeria’s electoral system has improved and that politics there is no longer a “do or die” situation.
Senator Dino Melaye previously stated that President Muhammadu Buhari nominated APC members to serve as resident electoral commissioners, which Oshiomole’s allegation follows.
Oshiomhole asserts that, unlike in the past, Buhari is dedicated to a fair electoral process and has repeatedly reaffirmed his commitment to doing so.
He said, “I don’t want to sit down here and defend who is sympathetic to who but the Senate should do their job and I am happy that it has both APC and PDP members who are active, vibrant, and knowledgeable. They know who is who and it is their business to scrutinise those who have been nominated.”
“But congratulate President Buhari for being able to tell the world that this election is not a do-or-die for him or his party. I am proud of that. You may not be proud of it because you are in history as having had a president who said because he is leaving, he must be succeeded by the PDP otherwise it is a do-or-die affair. We have moved past that.”
Buhari, according to Oshiomhole, has never used the military to influence elections in the nation.
He said, “I think even the worst critic of President Buhari will admit that he has not tried to misuse the Armed Forces or the police in order to have an electoral advantage for people running an election on his platform or even his own election.”
“At every stage, he has insisted he wants to leave a legacy of a free and fair election,” he added.