By Stan Ekejiuba
NIGERIA is one country which has suffered heavily due to its repeated failure to organise credible and acceptable elections. The fall of the First Republic and the subsequent eruption of the civil war were propelled by the failure of the incumbent Federal Government to organise credible elections, particularly the contentious Western Region election of 1965. The violence that followed provided the impetus for the coup of January 1966 and the disasters that befell the stability and unity of Nigeria as a nation since then.
The Second Republic derailed barely four years after it took off due to the failure of the incumbent Federal Government to organise a free, fair and credible general election in 1983. The result was the Buhari coup of December 1983 which destroyed the democratic process, leading to a prolonged period of military rule with attendant instability…
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