The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has said that the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, is setting a dangerous and evil precedent in the political history of Nigeria.
Dogara made the remark on Wednesday while addressing the National Executive Committee meeting of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja.
The speaker also warned against craving for power at all costs, stressing that there had always been grave consequences in the past.
A statement from his office signed by Turaki Hassan, quoted Dogara as stating that the PDP won five out of six states where supplementary elections would hold, expressing optimism for victory.
He said: “It will be very, very unfortunate that INEC, which is led by a first class professor of history will set this dangerous and unacceptable precedence in our political history.
“What has happened is pure evil. Our consolation as faithful members of this society is that evil does not last forever and no evil doer has ever escaped punishment…it is a law of nature, that whatever you sow is what you will reap.
“For those who believe in power for the sake of power and not because they want to empower people, not because they want to better the lives of our people, there are also lessons they can learn from history.
“History is replete with examples of all those who pursued power for the sake of power. Whether it is Hitler, I don’t want to name more, one example is enough.
“Their lives have always ended up in some tragedy, that is the fate of anyone that seeks power for the sake of power. We have seen that displayed in Nigeria and I wish we can take heed from the lessons of history.”