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Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by nairavsdollars(f): 6:57am On Apr 15
Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in this interview with journalists, speaks on the latest developments in the party, his assessment of the 2019 presidential election, and other issues. Excerpts:

What is your assessment of the just concluded 2019 elections?

This election cannot be likened to any previous election. It was unique in many ways. This is the first election where the bookmakers were off the mark in several respects. Not many could have imagined, for instance, that certain big name politicians could lose elections the way they did.

You saw what happened in Oyo State where Governor Ajimobi lost his senatorial election. That was one third of the state in which he has been acknowledged to perform so well. You saw what happened in Kwara State, where Bukola Saraki with his larger than life image lost practically everything. He could not win even his own ward. Under his watch, all contestants who associated with him lost elections.

You saw two sitting APC governors in Bauchi and Adamawa states battling to regain their seats as they faced questionable defeat from the opposition PDP. There are a number of issues we should pay attention to in this scenarios. One is the obvious and increasing sophistication of the voters. You could see voting patterns that showed the voters have become aware of their power to choose. You could see deliberate voting patterns, such that; in many states, the voters were targeting contestants with votes. In other words, you could see voters in a particular environment voting for candidate A in APC and candidate B in another party. What this means is that ballot papers are becoming instruments of political justice. Politicians can no longer take electorate for granted when they are in power. Voters understand the power of the ballot, more so; they understand that ballot is an instrument to punish political office holders they believe have performed below expectations.

Would you then say the 2019 elections were free and fair with the massive deployment of the police and soldiers?

I understand the fact that we would never appreciate the calamity we escaped because of the roles played by the security personnel. We can begin to question the deployment of the security agencies because we managed to minimise violence and saved numerous lives of innocent Nigerians that could have been wasted by desperate opposition politicians. It is normal for a patient to complain of the bitterness of the medicine after he has recovered from his ailment. Of course, it is easy to forget the magnitude of a disaster after averting it.

We owe the security agencies a lot of gratitude for their professionalism, their patriotic engagements with all the people and institutions that participated in the elections. But we must not forget that this was possible only because we have a President Buhari who showed uncommon statesmanship. This is the first time you have a President that was more desirous of guaranteeing the civic rights of the citizens than his own ambition for a renewal of his mandate to be able to govern for another four years.

This is contrary to the belief of the position. For instance, PDP would argue that President Buhari deployed the soldiers to intimidate opposition candidates across Nigeria to pave way for the victory of the APC candidates. You seem to disagree with this.

It is very shameful for PDP to accuse anyone, not to talk of President Buhari of intimidating voters or manipulating the electoral process. The records are there. All the elections conducted under the PDP witnessed brazen deployment of brute force. We witnessed open state sponsorship of violence against leaders and members of the opposition party. We witnessed outright disenfranchisement of voters in areas where PDP was unpopular.

How do you compare such a disgraceful mobilisation of state’s instruments of coercion under PDP as they forcibly foisted themselves over the country for those years of gruesome oppression of the electorate with the elections of 2019 under the watch of President Buhari?
https://www.independent.ng/mallam-lanre-issa-onilu-national-publicity-secretary-of-the-all-progressives-congress-apc-in-this-interview-with-journalists-speaks-on-the-latest-developments-in-the-party-his-assessment-of-the/

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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by agwom(m): 6:58am On Apr 15
grin
Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by moyinoluwabun(m): 7:18am On Apr 15
Praise for shooting d innocents and changing results figures in Rivers? They deserve not only praise but praise worship.

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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by dkronicle(m): 7:18am On Apr 15
This country don tire me aswerughad

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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:18am On Apr 15
#RESPECT TO NIGERIA MILITARY!

Kudos to them for laying their lives on the line for peace to reign in our country.

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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by Gsteve01(m): 7:18am On Apr 15
Useless things. After using them for electoral malpractices. undecided

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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by namiji2598(m): 7:19am On Apr 15
Corp members deserve praise..every soldier in my barrack collected free money 60k what's that for?the Nigerian army is nt what it seems to be

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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by BruncleZuma: 7:19am On Apr 15
Dry slap don dey hungry this oolookoo.

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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by Ratello: 7:20am On Apr 15
Are these APC demons wired to be stupid in their reasonings?

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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by RZArecta2(m): 7:21am On Apr 15
Useless Issa Onilu, may what the military did in abonemma be visited on his entire community. Amen cool

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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by jayAjoku(m): 7:22am On Apr 15
When you Look effortlessly like an îmbecïle I guess you’ll also talk like one too undecided undecided

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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by RZArecta2(m): 7:22am On Apr 15
MANNABBQGRILLS:
#RESPECT TO NIGERIA MILITARY!

Kudos to them for laying their lives on the line for peace to reign in our country.
your case is understandable, you just have to hustle hard cool

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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:23am On Apr 15
RZArecta2:
your case is understandable, you just have to hustle hard cool

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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by miraclea(m): 7:26am On Apr 15
The moment anyone joined Sai baba they suddenly lost their sense of reasoning they just prosponed the day of calamity nothing else

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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by Valmekyz: 7:30am On Apr 15
Maybe supporting this administration had to do with loss of sanity
Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by Boss13: 7:32am On Apr 15
Security personnel have no business with electoral process. Nigerian politicians have set a dangerous precedent that would cost the country so much before it is resolved.

Nothing has been done to prosecute those individuals who perpetrated election violence. This is totally wrong
Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by Upton: 7:37am On Apr 15
Nonsense
Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by hisexcellency34: 7:38am On Apr 15
You mean the people of Rivers should thank the military and police for what they did during the elections?
Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by West2019(m): 7:38am On Apr 15
Yes sir
Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by comshots(m): 7:41am On Apr 15
So we should praise you for the intimidation,ballot box snatching and rigging the election for buhari?OK you did a wanderfoolish job
Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by PrecisionFx(m): 7:42am On Apr 15
nairavsdollars:
Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in this interview with journalists, speaks on the latest developments in the party, his assessment of the 2019 presidential election, and other issues. Excerpts:

What is your assessment of the just concluded 2019 elections?

This election cannot be likened to any previous election. It was unique in many ways. This is the first election where the bookmakers were off the mark in several respects. Not many could have imagined, for instance, that certain big name politicians could lose elections the way they did.

You saw what happened in Oyo State where Governor Ajimobi lost his senatorial election. That was one third of the state in which he has been acknowledged to perform so well. You saw what happened in Kwara State, where Bukola Saraki with his larger than life image lost practically everything. He could not win even his own ward. Under his watch, all contestants who associated with him lost elections.

You saw two sitting APC governors in Bauchi and Adamawa states battling to regain their seats as they faced questionable defeat from the opposition PDP. There are a number of issues we should pay attention to in this scenarios. One is the obvious and increasing sophistication of the voters. You could see voting patterns that showed the voters have become aware of their power to choose. You could see deliberate voting patterns, such that; in many states, the voters were targeting contestants with votes. In other words, you could see voters in a particular environment voting for candidate A in APC and candidate B in another party. What this means is that ballot papers are becoming instruments of political justice. Politicians can no longer take electorate for granted when they are in power. Voters understand the power of the ballot, more so; they understand that ballot is an instrument to punish political office holders they believe have performed below expectations.

Would you then say the 2019 elections were free and fair with the massive deployment of the police and soldiers?

I understand the fact that we would never appreciate the calamity we escaped because of the roles played by the security personnel. We can begin to question the deployment of the security agencies because we managed to minimise violence and saved numerous lives of innocent Nigerians that could have been wasted by desperate opposition politicians. It is normal for a patient to complain of the bitterness of the medicine after he has recovered from his ailment. Of course, it is easy to forget the magnitude of a disaster after averting it.

We owe the security agencies a lot of gratitude for their professionalism, their patriotic engagements with all the people and institutions that participated in the elections. But we must not forget that this was possible only because we have a President Buhari who showed uncommon statesmanship. This is the first time you have a President that was more desirous of guaranteeing the civic rights of the citizens than his own ambition for a renewal of his mandate to be able to govern for another four years.

This is contrary to the belief of the position. For instance, PDP would argue that President Buhari deployed the soldiers to intimidate opposition candidates across Nigeria to pave way for the victory of the APC candidates. You seem to disagree with this.

It is very shameful for PDP to accuse anyone, not to talk of President Buhari of intimidating voters or manipulating the electoral process. The records are there. All the elections conducted under the PDP witnessed brazen deployment of brute force. We witnessed open state sponsorship of violence against leaders and members of the opposition party. We witnessed outright disenfranchisement of voters in areas where PDP was unpopular.

How do you compare such a disgraceful mobilisation of state’s instruments of coercion under PDP as they forcibly foisted themselves over the country for those years of gruesome oppression of the electorate with the elections of 2019 under the watch of President Buhari?
https://www.independent.ng/mallam-lanre-issa-onilu-national-publicity-secretary-of-the-all-progressives-congress-apc-in-this-interview-with-journalists-speaks-on-the-latest-developments-in-the-party-his-assessment-of-the/

Apc is filled with idiotic bigots n hypocrites. This is why the IGBO masses can never support and. NEVER
Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by Emycord: 7:52am On Apr 15
MANNABBQGRILLS:
#RESPECT TO NIGERIA MILITARY!

Kudos to them for laying their lives on the line for peace to reign in our country.
for laying down the lives of our youth you meant?

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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by Emycord: 7:54am On Apr 15
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Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by NwaliE01(m): 8:28am On Apr 15
These was the later question; Would you then say the 2019 elections were free and fair with the massive deployment of the police and soldiers?

My man just they rain praises to His Boss and Military, then causes to the Opposition party instead of answering the question.
Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by thunderfirebuha: 8:30am On Apr 15
For killing innocent people and declaring war on the Masses?
Afonjas and weed plus tramadol.
Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by Angrymode: 8:42am On Apr 15
I only have one reaction to their efforts

Re: Military Deserves Praises From Nigerians For Election Duties - Issa- Onilu by hisexcellency34: 8:53am On Apr 15
Wehrey
thunderfirebuha:
For killing innocent people and declaring war on the Masses?

Afonjas and weed plus tramadol.

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