Senator Ibrahim Mantu, a former Deputy Senate President and former member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT), said that the PDP usually bribe its way to victory during elections.
According to Mr. Mantu during an interview on Channels Television, he was actively involved in compromising officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security officials, and opposition party agents to assist the PDP to emerge winner.
“Yes, yes, I did. But I am now confessing the truth. What do I mean? I didn’t have to go and change election but you provide money. You give money to INEC boys to help; that is, they see any chance they should try and favour you. You provide money for the security. All our elections in the past, I’ve been in the game for about 20 years,” he noted
“And I tell you each time it is not necessarily when I am contesting an election but when my party sponsors a candidate I would like that candidate to win the election. What we used to do before, we make provision for INEC, we make provision for security, we make provision for even agents of other parties so that they would not raise any objection to what we are able to get. Whether I rig myself or not, but when I provide those resources to the officials, I am rigging election.
“I believe so because if people are born again like me and refuse to do it. We the players, unless we give before somebody will take. Don’t give so you will not get a taker,” he said.
Mantu said that he decided to confess the sins of the PDP because he was tired of the negative perception Nigerians have abroad, adding that he was tired of being seen as a criminal outside Nigeria. He also said that he was tired of the poverty and sufferings of the masses.
As a result of his confession, he expressed hope that Nigerians would elect credible candidates that would prudently manage the nation’s resources.
“You didn’t even ask me why am I thinking this way,?” Mantu asked.
“I am tired of being seen as a criminal on the street of the world because you are a Nigerian. You assume that everybody is an innocent human being until being proven otherwise but whilst you are outside this country with a green passport and they see that you are a Nigerian, even if you are a pastor or an imam they will assume that you are criminally minded or you have criminal tendencies just because of where you come from. That must change,” he said.
“I am tired of living in poverty in the midst of plenty. Even how much you have, you see people coming to you every day, my wife has given birth my relation is in the hospital. Every day. But if everybody has enough to take care of his or herself, they won’t come bordering you saying give me this, give me that.
“We have the resources that people can live decent lives without being beggars to those who have. Just because we haven’t gotten our own governance system right. So, we need good governance, good governance can only be provided by good people, good people who are truly repentant, who are actually there to serve the people, who are concerned about the well-being of the people being the primary concern. If we have such leaders, then I can tell you they would judiciously and prudently use our resources for the common good of everybody.”
The PDP in a statement on Sunday however denied all Mantu’s claim, asking why he lost the 2007 Senatorial election if his rigging machinery was so true.