I Gave Up On Nigerian Elections After June 12 Annulment - Pete Edochie | #NwokeukwuMascot
Pete Edochie says he gave up on Nigerian elections after the annulment of the June 12 1993 polls.
The actor, in an interview, said he has no lust for partaking in political discussions because they give him no hope.
He told Chude Jideonwo, the media entrepreneur, that the annulled poll is the only credible one Nigeria has had.
Nigeria held a presidential election on June 12, 1993, the first since the 1983 coup ended the second republic.
That election was the freest and the best election we have had in this country. I am 76, so, if I’m not saying it with fear of contradiction, I am saying it with plenty of authority and with plenty of conviction,” the veteran actors said.
“You didn’t see people snatching ballot boxes, creating problems, shooting around and scaring people. That election was cancelled, and I lost hope. Ever since, we have never had a free and fair election.”
“Each time we have an election, there’s always chaos, consequent upon it, because somehow there is this element of criminal ingenuity in our constitution. We want to find a quick fix for something which is not necessarily right.
“You find old politicians (septuagenarian, octogenarian politicians), who have little, or nothing left to offer the country. But they want to remain there till infinity. That’s not in the interest of the country.
“The youths of this country have been insulted. Their sensitivity is brutalized. Their aspirations asphyxiated. 2023 comes and what do you see? You have to pay a hundred million to purchase a declaration of intent form.
“How many youngsters are going to come out and do that just so they can take part in politics? Again, it is the hand of the octogenarian political journeyman that we see in play and that’s not very good.” he said