2019 Elections Is An Expensive Joke! Human Right Lawyer Femi Falana Blows Hot

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has shared his thoughts concerning the 2019 general elections. The Senior Advocate described it as an ‘expensive joke’. He revealed this on Sunrise Daily as he urged Nigerians to gather themselves and go back to the drawing board for the country to stand a chance at having credible elections. He said: “This country spent over N250 billion from the public purse on this useless enterprise apart from what each of the governors and political party spent, which is more than 250 billion. If we want to get out of the crisis of monumental dimension, we need to go back to the drawing table, beyond the two major political parties. Nigerians must organize because this expensive joke cannot continue.” Reacting to the reports of Violence during the election, Falana said there is no way the country could do without that except there is an effort by the human rights community and the electoral offences tribunal to follow through the cases after elections. He continued by adding that: “We have close to 40 million illiterate adults, the majority of them are roaming the street. In such an environment, you could preach till the second coming of Christ, but that will not stop people from getting involved in electoral offences and other acts of criminality. All those who have been caught disrupting our elections are agents of politicians. The police and security agencies have arrested in the last 6 months, over 2000 electoral offenders, what do we do with them, once the elections are over, our attention will shift elsewhere. An electoral offences tribunal are to take over these cases like the EFCC or ICPC and investigate them thoroughly and charge those who have been indicted, but the suggestion was rejected. From the human rights community, we are trying to partner with the police and the INEC to ensure that we can assemble young lawyers to take on the prosecution of the cases of behalf of INEC. Otherwise, everyone will go back to business as usual as soon as possible.” On the popularised solution of e-voting curbing corruption during the electioneering process, he shared that: “Electronic voting is not the solution with the state of impunity and recklessness in the country; it is difficult. The EFCC is now investigating what we now call ‘E-Rigging’ in the NBA. The E-Voting system would be problematic because our political class is rarely prepared for credible elections.”Photo Credit: Getty

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