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Wale Oshun, chairman of Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) and a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in this interview with INIOBONG IWOK, spoke on the genesis of the crisis that led to the division in the pan-Yoruba socio-political group Afenifere in 2007, the 2019 general elections, among other issues in the polity. Excerpts:
What is your view about the just concluded general elections?
In Nigeria, I think there must be time for politics and time for governance. No matter what we feel about the general elections, the constitution and law is clear about resisting election, going to court and if you point out the weakness in the election and your evidence must be obvious, and tribunals are empowered to take decision.
This is because government all over the world understands that no election is perfect and that there would always be weaknesses. If there are weaknesses, the judiciary system is there and available, people can take advantage of it.
For me, I would rather not talk about the quality of elections; I would rather talk about the availability of the system that enables those who are aggrieved to seek redress.
By now, what we need to be talking about should not necessarily be the quality of election but availability of system where people can seek redress in court. The court is there.
I believe that no system is bigger than the people who evolved it. That is to say whether you are talking about election or the judiciary; they are only a reflection of the people themselves.
In terms of expectation, in terms of the outcome, it is the kind of people that we are that would reflect in the kind of elections we conduct.
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