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‘Lock him up’ — how Twitter responded to Ibrahim Mantu’s ‘election rigging’ confession


Many Nigerians have called for the prosecution of Ibrahim Mantu, former Deputy Senate President, who confessed on live television to helping to rig elections for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Mantu was one of the most powerful men in the Senate during the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, and was one of the legislators who supported and vigorously campaigned for his third term agenda.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Fard Copy, Mantu had said he provided money and other resources to ensure that he and other PDP candidates won elections.

“I’m now confessing the truth,” he said. “I don’t have to go and change the election (results), but you know when you provide money, you give money to INEC boys to help, if they see any chance that they should try and favour you, you provide money to the security.

“All our elections in the past. I’ve been in this game for about 20 years, and I tell you, it is not necessarily when I am contesting elections, but when my party sponsors a candidate, I will like that candidate to win election.

“And what we used to do before, we made provision for INEC, we made provision for security, we made provision for even agents of other parties so that they will not raise any objections to whatever we are able to get.

“So whether I rig myself or not, by providing those resources, financial inducements to the officials, I am rigging elections.”

Mantu said he came out to confess because he was tired of being seen as a criminal across the world just because he is a Nigerian, adding that Nigerian needs genuine and honest leaders in order to make significant progress.

However, many who reacted to the development on Twitter did not buy into his ‘born again’ gospel, rather they said he should be picked up by law enforcement agencies and made to face the law for electoral crimes.

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