Natasha Akpoti, a former governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the November 2019 Kogi State governorship election, while reacting to the just concluded Edo Gubernatorial elections said the fear of sanctions by the United States and United Kingdom forced politicians to play by the rules.
She pointed out that the United States Government’s visa ban on riggers of Kogi and Bayelsa State elections did the magic as it also served as a reference point by keeping many of the would-be riggers in Edo State at bay.
She said the United Kingdom also helped the situation by threatening to seize the assets of such desperate Nigerian politicians.
Akpoti explained that in times of health challenges, some of the politicians may seek better healthcare abroad given the Nigerian history of poor healthcare delivery system, hence riggers were wary of the US and UK sanctions in the exercise.
She also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for deploying technology by uploading the results of polling units, ward levels as they were being declared which she said gave no room for those who would have altered the results at the polling units and ward level during collation.
She challenged stakeholders to learn lessons from the outcome of Edo election and push for total overhaul of the electoral system to set the ball rolling for better elections in Nigeria.