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The purpose of election is to allow the people exercise their constitutional rights as free citizens of any given state or as the case may be to choose a candidate of their choice which in their conviction can pilot the affairs of the state. 
The government will in turn act accordingly without bias in bringing about a free, fair and credible election with all its agencies involved participating in their various capacities to the best of their ability and respect for the laws that instituted them. 
Sadly, the true participation of the aforementioned remains a mirage in Nigeria. Attempts to bring an end to undemocratic electoral tendencies will always hit a brick wall because those involved in it enjoy the spoils. It has become a chain of vendetta and the circle, I dare say will continually stagnate the living fabric of our existence as a people and further cause devastating encumbrance in the already shallow system of governance if we fail to throw a patriotic spanner into the political wheel that propels the engine of vindictiveness. 
Edo state is not an exception in this malady. Many people have become enmeshed in the wrong theory of "rigging" in every election because it has become culturally accepted even though morally incorrect.  Some politicians who desperately want to win at all cost do not see the inherent consequences rather would go all out believing it to be the way. 
Across the country, news of electoral malpractice abounds and those who partake in it are prime movers of the country's political life. The acceptability of this odious "killer of democracy" is palpable in the corridors of power and yet, its existence is willfully denied.  



The larger part of the consequence is not only on the side of the unrest that could arise in the post-election but the legal tussle. This is evident in Edo state as the pre-hearing of the petition filed by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and PDP over the recognition of Mr. Godwin Obaseki as the governor of Edo state kicks-off.  Unfortunately, this tribunal process will surely tear down Mr. Godwin Obaseki in his duty as the executive Governor for riding on the shoulders of the perpetrators of corruption to political stardom. 
Many of these elements that encouraged the fraud are no more,  but, the brunt in the aftermath remains an albatross around the neck of the innocuous citizens who acted in good faith but their decision subverted for cheap political gain and avarice. 
The majority of Edo state citizens including die-hard APC members know that the PDP candidate was rigged out in a  manner best described as a "da light robbery". When they are confronted with the allegation, they thrasonically admit to it and say it is the tradition. The question is; when will it end? 
The central government is seen fighting financial corruption but unperturbed with the endemic electoral fraud that has become synonymous with  the anthem of the country.  The fight against corruption has to be looked at in all facet of governance. And until this is achieved, the fight against corruption will remain cosmetic if the process of electing a leader is fraudulent and inimical to truth and civility. 
A common axiom explicitly explains this that; you cannot give what you don't have. 

IREDIA OSAKUE  JP is a Turin-based scholar, social activist , political analyst, and a public commentator on national and global issues.

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