Former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba has advocated for electronic voting, calling on the National Assembly to include electronic voting as part of the Electoral Act amendment.
Osoba insisted that Nigeria has no excuse not to digitalised its voting process when Ghana, Kenya among other African countries had already been voting electronically.
The former spoke at an event, organised by the League of Veteran Journalists, to celebrate 160 years of Journalism in Nigeria, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Monday, lamented that it was regrettable that the electoral process in Nigeria had been bastardised.
The veteran journalist, who spoke on the theme, “Re-inventing the practice of Journalism in Nigeria with emphasis on the influence of the Social Media”, said, “I’m shocked at what we have now (electoral process) because it is worse than corruption.”
He renewed the call for the amendment of the electoral act, lamenting that vote buying, rigging, ballot box snatching among other electoral frauds had plagued the country’s electoral process.
In Osoba’s view, the inclusion of electronic voting in the Electoral Act would put an end to electoral fraud in Nigeria, stressing “The day we stop selling our votes, that day we will get it right and that day we start electing the right people into offices.”
“That is why I have been pushing for the amendment of the Electoral Act. Let us all support and fight for the review of the electoral act. Let us fight for electronic voting”, Osoba added.
“When we stop selling our votes, we will get it right. We will get there, there is no collapsed country. Let us all be involved in politics, let us stop selling our votes”, the former Governor insisted.
Osoba said, “We need to go electronic in voting in Nigeria because Ghana has gone electronic, Kenya has gone electronic, we have no excuse not to get digital in our electoral process, the day of analog system is gone”.
The former Governor attributed the falling standard of journalism in Nigeria to poor renumeration of journalists, saying “It is unpardonable, it is unforgivable that employer should owe salaries. It is an offence unto God and even man.”
Earlier in his speech, Governor Dapo Abiodun said it had become imperative that journalist as professionals to always be on guard against forces that seek to take advantage of the formidable power of the profession for their selfish ends.
He charged journalists to at all time ensure objectivity in their reportage and inculcate investigative journalism if they desire to continue to remain relevant.