The Chief of Staff, Bayelsa state Government House, Chief Benson Agadaga, has challenged politicians in the country to always reflect on the ideals of June 12 by ensuring that future elections are free, fair and credible.
Agadaga who blamed politicians for the woes bedeviling the country’s electioneering processes, however stated that June 12 typifies the true essence of democracy and justice.
Chief Agadaga while describing the June 12 election to be the most free and fair election in the history of the country, noted that the conduct of election in the country today is a far cry from what happened at that time.
The COS stated this while speaking with newsmen in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital during his 64th birthday celebration with family and friends.
He submitted that June 12 is a significant day that stands for true democracy and justice in the country, noting that the late Abiola won the Presidential election without manipulation but with majority of the peoples votes.
“The significant of this day is that we think about justice in our election processes, Abiola won the election without any manipulation, but with majority of votes. How can Nigeria get to the level where they’ll be no thuggery, election manipulation by the politicians. What we have is a far cry from what happened at that time.
“Today’s election are that of rigging, thuggery to get results like what happened in Bayelsa the last time, it was like war; we need to have some decency in the process of election and avoid politics of bitterness because today you can be in a particular party, and tomorrow in another party which the opposition today can be your best friend tomorrow in the party.
“Politics is beyond whether we don’t share the same political idea with some persons today we have eliminate and kill them, that is not what democracy portend. We are far away from the foundation that was laid by Abiola’s kind of politics, it’s a challenge for us that as we celebrate democracy we look at those things that make us more close to achieving that kind of June 12 election.
“We have to look at the kind of reforms and electoral amendment that we make our elections decent. We want reforms even if trying electronic means of voting which will have the trust reflection of the people of the country. People should be able to appeal to people, give superior arguments and use persuasion to get votes and not by struggle and thuggery by the power of gun. That is why am so happy and full of respect for our former President Goodluck Jonathan, who is a symbol of democracy in Nigeria and Africa.
“That’s the decency we want in our politics, we need democracy to take the true word democracy in our country. Like in other developed countries, like UK, US, you can’t hear that after elections you go to the court, but in our country there’s no election that doesn’t lead to court, we have to get to the level where the processes are transparent, so that when you lose election you just move on with your life and the person who takes up leadership will know its not a one man affairs. When we achieve that more decent people will join politics,” Chief Agadaga concluded.