Nigerian comedian Francis Agoda aka Go Dye has sent a letter to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman Mahmood Yakubu urging him to restore his reputation by holding a free and fair election on Saturday, March 11, 2023, scheduled for Governorship and House of Representatives.
This comes in response to widespread allegations of irregularities, malpractices, and shortcomings regarding the most recent Presidential and House of Representatives elections organized by INEC.
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I Go Dye, who made a copy of the letter available to Objectv Media and posted it on his Instagram page early on Wednesday, cautions the INEC chairman not to read the youths of Nigeria’s silence as weakness. He claims that the elections for the governorship and state houses of assembly will serve as another litmus test for the chairman’s ability to restore his reputation.
“Dont take Nigerian youths’ silence for weakness this March 11th Saturday elections. This is another litmus test for you, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to salvage your reputation and that of INEC,” he writes.
He continues, “The nation is bereaved with the series of claims and counterclaims of irregularities on the part of INEC in the just concluded presidential elections. This ugly scenario is not good for our democracy and for such an institution that was grossly funded with over 400 Billion Naira for the 2003 presidential election.
“INEC should not be found unprepared to deliver on their responsibilities. I admonish INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to do all within his capacity to step up their standard because Nigerians will not accept any more excuses from him and his Commission as we once again go to the polls in the governorship and House of Assembly elections.
“We demand for free, fair and credible elections. If you know you are not ready for that, please resign. Don’t damage your name more. I urge Nigerians, most especially, the youths not to get discouraged but rather brace up and conquer all forms of negativity and ineptitude even though the institution concerned with the entire process may want to compromise to destroy their interest.
“So, I call on the youths to come out en masse and vote in the candidates of their choice because the process of nation-building starts when we develop a resilient attitude against all unforeseen circumstances.”
Judging by his history and recent efforts, I Go Dye has gone beyond the trade of making people laugh alone but also profoundly immersed in a crusade for excellent leadership in Nigeria.
He has previously written letters to notable officials on important national issues, giving him the title of social commentator.