(By Iheanyi Ezinwo – The Managing Director of Falconwood Limited, Mr. George Ariolu has declared that he is one hundred percent sure that the forthcoming 2019 general elections in Nigeria will neither be transparent nor credible based on past experiences.
Speaking exclusively with Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt, the philanthropist, who hails from Oginigba in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State said: “I do not believe whole heartedly that the election will be transparent and credible because all the signs are there that it will not be. There is going to be riots; there is going to be snatching of materials as usual.
“The reason is because the present INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) as constituted and before, has not shown the capacity that such things will not happen. It happened in Osun; it happened in Ekiti: I am sure it will happen in the wider election”.
Responding to a question, the public affairs analyst said there was no harm hoping that things could improve as promised by INEC but maintained that he had doubts: “Looking back at what has been done in the past, we don’t think that there will be a transparent and credible election”, he insisted.
Ariolu was disappointed that the president declined to sign the proposed Electoral Act, an instrument, according to him, that could have strengthened the administration’s ability to deliver a credible and transparent election in 2019.
He further hinted that he does not see the possibility of the National Assembly overruling the president on the issue because of the difficulty in getting the number required to override him as stipulated in the constitution.
The international businessman however encouraged Nigerians to turn out in their numbers at the appointed time to vote according to their conscience, for any candidate who has good ideas to address the problems that are facing Nigeria, while assuring that, with time , things will get better in the country.
Responding to a question, Ariolu said: “We are not interested in any particular presidential candidate and will not make recommendations but we will support any Nigerian who come sup with good programmes, and who takes the welfare of Nigerians as his paramount goal.