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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Why I confessed to rigging elections for PDP - Senator Mantu

A former deputy Senate president, Ibrahim Mantu, has revealed why he confessed to rigging elections for the former ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

NAIJ.com earlier reported that Senator Mantu, who was a senator on the platform of the PDP 'confessed the truth' during an interview on Hard Copy, a Channels Television programme that aired on Friday, March 30.

During the interview, Mantu, who is also a former member of the PDP's Board of Trustees, said he was actively involved in compromising election officials, security officers and even agents of rival parties to either assist in rigging candidates of the PDP to victory or look the other way in cases of obvious rigging.

The interview has sparked outrage with people reportedly calling on the authorities to arrest and prosecute him for electoral fraud.

However, Mantu explained during the same interview the reasons why he decided to confess to election rigging.

"You didn't even ask me why am I thinking this way?" he asked the interviewer.

"I am tired of being seen as a criminal on the street of the world because you are a Nigerian. You assume that everybody is an innocent human being until being proven otherwise but whilst you are outside this country with a green passport and they see that you are a Nigerian, even if you are a pastor or an imam they will assume that you are criminally minded or you have criminal tendencies just because of where you come from. That must change," he said.

The former deputy Senate president also said he confessed because he was tired of the abundance of poverty in the country.

He said he hopes that his confession will result in good governance by the election of credible people, who would prudently manage the resources of the country and ensure equitable wealth for everyone, into public office.

"I am tired of living in poverty in the midst of plenty. Even how much you have, you see people coming to you every day, my wife has given birth my relation is in the hospital. Every day. But if everybody has enough to take care of his or herself, they won't come bordering you saying give me this, give me that.

"We have the resources that people can live decent lives without being beggars to those who have. Just because we haven't gotten our own governance system right. So, we need good governance, good governance can only be provided by good people, good people who are truly repentant, who are actually there to serve the people, who are concerned about the well-being of the people being the primary concern. If we have such leaders, then I can tell you they would judiciously and prudently use our resources for the common good of everybody."
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