By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Anglican Bishop of Sapele Diocese, Delta State, Rt. Revd Blessing Erifeta, says politicians have left what he described as 'thuggery rigging' and moved on to 'executive rigging,' co-opting prominent persons and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Bishop Erifeta advised Nigerians to vote for credible candidates irrespective of political party affiliation in the interest of the country's development, hoping that this week's elections would be free and fair.
Speaking at the end of a communion service to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Diocese at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Osubi, Okpe Local Government Area of the state, Bishop Erifeta charged INEC to be above board by ensuring that Nigerians' votes counted.
He said: 'Nigerians should vote for candidates who can remove this country from this bondage. Vote for credible candidates irrespective of whatever party they belong, as long as they have what it takes to free this country from her numerous challenges.
'Until Nigerians allow God to take His place, there won't be free and fair elections. What they call credible elections are not credible in the real sense. The results are sometimes arranged by INEC and some influential politicians. What they call free elections can't be classified as good. What they are now doing in today's politics is executive rigging.
They have left 'thuggery rigging'. This executive rigging lies between who is who in society and some INEC officials. Until that stigma is removed, don't think of any credible elections. It is humans that will make the exercise credible, free and fair. The credibility of the 2019 general elections is with us (Nigerians), including the politicians and INEC.'
He appealed for non-violent polls, stressing that Nigerians should vote for only candidates who could move the country forward, irrespective of their tribe or political lineage.