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How I helped to rig elections, Sen Mantu confesses

A former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, has revealed how he helped his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to win elections in the past.

Senator Mantu, who was elected on the platform of the PDP, ‘confessed the truth’ during a programme monitored in his interview on Hard Copy, a Channels Television programme on Friday.

Asked about how he helped to rig elections, the self-acclaimed ‘born again’ politician said, “I don’t have to go and change election (results) but when you provide money, you give money to INEC boys that if they see any chance they should favour you, you provide money to the security (personnel); I tell you it’s not necessarily when I am contesting election but when my party sponsors a candidate, I will like that candidate to win election.”

The former Deputy Senate President, who pronounced himself as a born-again politician in 2017, disclosed that he helped to rig elections for the PDP by providing financial inducements to officials involved in the conduct of the polls.

He admitted to having bribed electoral and security officials, even agents of other political parties in order not to raise any objection to the outcomes of the elections.

Ahead of the forthcoming general polls, Senator Mantu, however, believes Nigeria can get a free and fair election if people are born again like him and refuse to engage in electoral malpractice.

He further urged Nigerians to ensure they voted wisely in 2019 and support leaders who would make the welfare of the people a top priority of their administration.

Mantua said, “I am tired of leaving in poverty in the midst of plenty and I believe that we have the resources that people can live a decent life without being beggars to those who have.

“So we need good governance and good governance can only be provided by good people; good people who are truly repentant, who are concerned about the well-being of the people.”

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