Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Unpaid 'rigging fees'

As they say in Nigerianese, this was 'culled' from a 'recent' publication:

On Sunday, March 1, militants claiming to belong to the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) demanded a N500 million “unpaid rigging fee” from the ousted Ondo State governor Olusegun Agagu and his People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The militants claimed that Agagu had not paid them for rigging an election in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of the state and that they “will employ every weapon in our arsenal to ensure he pays the money.” They however apologized to the people of Ondo State for their role in fixing the election. Last week, the Court of Appeal had annulled Agagu’s victory in the 2007 Ondo State gubernatorial elections and declared Olusegun Mimiko of the Labour Party as the rightful governor of the state.


Akin 10:46 am  

Hello Jeremy,

This might turn into another license/insurance/drinking driving moment for me [Reference to a comment I posted sometime ago when a drunk driver ran into your car, I think.] :-)

Suffice it to say that my 'Oyinbo' mind would think that was enough to start a serious criminal investigation by the INEC and the police.

Probably examine the contracts between the ex-governor and MEND then have them arraigned for some treasonable conduct or serious felony against our democracy.

But then that is Nigeria, the effrontery of it all and the blatant disregard for the law that allows for MEND to openly demand payment and expect no sanction.

It is mindblowing for me, but probably par for the course out there.

I have reached the point where I am already rendered speechless - what a country, I say.



Occupied Funk... 10:55 am  

the guy is a moo moo what an oxymoron

plastiQ 12:37 pm  

This is quite embarrassing. Well, I guess we killed the concepts of morality, conscience , truth and all other elements of a sane society.

Waiting for the next crazy thing that'll rival this. What a country.

Lost at The End 4:15 pm  

"this was 'culled' from a 'recent' publication"

Nigerianese? Are you saying it's not standard usage? Because I dey use that construction all the time.

In my head and around me 10:15 pm  

Lost at the end, help me ask Jeremy O! Don't use the word(no need to) but grew up hearing it and I thought it was correct. Checked dictionary.com and the word 'cull' seems to correspond with what journalist try to express when they say 'culled'

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