Tanko Yakassai reveals how 2015 poll was rigged in Northern Nigeria

Elder statesman and prominent politician, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai has
revealed that massive rigging took place in the North in the 2015
general elections.

Yakassai revealed the electoral fraud to journalists when he led the
newly formed Northern Leaders' Stakeholders' Assembly to former
Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, at his Uphill Mansion in
Minna, the Niger State capital, on Sunday.

According to him, while the electronic voting was religiously observed
in the southern part of the country, it was not so observed in the
north.

He remarked: "When the electronic voting was introduced, I was in
support of it, but I observed what happened in the 2015 general
election and I changed my mind.

"This is because it was religiously observed in the southern part of
the country, but it was not so religiously observed in the northern
parts of the country. It was from that moment that I began to have
some reservations about the electronic voting pattern.

"There are many ways of rigging election. What happened in 2015 where
the majority of southerners resident in the north were scared away
from their places of residence, where they had registered, to their
place of origin and therefore could not have the opportunity to vote,
was rigging.

"Again some of the southerners who did not run away were afraid to
come out and vote on the day of election. So scaring people from
coming out to vote for the candidates of their choice is also a form
of rigging."

Yakassai said they were at Babangida's house to inform the former
leader of the objectives of the organisation dedicated to the unity
and progress of the north.

Babangida in his remark, praised the efforts of the group and assured
them of his support as long as they worked for the unity of Nigeria.

Also at the meeting were Senator Joseph Waku, Alhaji Ghali Na Abba,
Dr. Mohammed Data, Alhaji Abba Hana, Hajiya Inna Corona, Hajiya Zainab
Main, Gimbia Rani, Alhaji Bala Mohammed and Dr. Umaru Babangida Aliyu,
among others.
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