INEC Corrects The Lagos Mistake!
MOBOLAJI E. ALUKO, Ph.D.
You will recall that we
calmly called attention to an unfolding situation in:
STAR QUESTION: What Is Happening in Lagos Polls?
Well, in apparent
reaction by INEC, you will now find this new disclaimer/correction on INEC’s
While attempts have been made to ensure accuracy
and correctness of the information provided herein, the Commission disclaims
responsibility and liabilty for any mistakes and inaccuracies contained herein
and any loss or damage arising herein. Information provided is subject to
*We regret to inform you
that there were some data entry mistakes in the Lagos State Gubernatorial
results (OJO,KOSOFE & SHOMOLU LGAs). These errors have been corrected. 1:09
So we went looking for
just the new Tinubu/Williams figures, and contrasted them with the old ones:
TINUBU WILLIAMS TINUBU WILLIAMS
ß--------- Previous -----à
26,093 31,293 26,093 312,993
153,385 123,574 89,830 449,815
911,597 740,406 848,042 1,066,647
< ---- Tinubu Winner à
< ---- Williams Winner -à
We did some “further ad(vanced) arithmetics” to
make assurance doubly sure:
153,385 – 89,830 = 63,555 911,597 –
848,042 = 63,555 CHECK
449,815-123,574 = 326,241 1,066,647 –
740,406 = 32,6241 CHECK
So we can say with confidence: “Congratulations,
returning Governor Senator Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu! Good job, INEC. But any
other mistakes – or “mistakes” - that we should know about?”
Inquiring minds are waiting to know.
PS: Some relevant quotations on vigilance,
liberty – and what you can do:
"It is the
common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active.
The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance;
which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime
and the punishment of his guilt." -- John Philpot Curran: Speech upon the
Right of Election, 1790. (Speeches. Dublin, 1808.) as quoted in
"The severe lessons of experience will, I doubt
not, be sufficient to prevent Congress from again chartering such a [national
bank] monopoly, even if the Constitution did not present an insuperable
objection to it. But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal
vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the
price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be
watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government." -- Andrew
Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837
"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." --
Wendell Phillips (1811-1884),
abolitionist, orator and columnist for The
Liberator, paraphrasing John Philpot Curran (above) in a speech before
the Massachusetts Antislavery Society in 1852, according to
The Dictionary of Quotations edited by
"Voting is no substitute for the eternal
vigilance that every friend of freedom must demonstrate towards government.
If our freedom is to survive, Americans must become far better informed of the
dangers from Washington -- regardless of who wins the Presidency." -- James
Bovard in Voting is Overrated [Aluko Note:
SUBSTITUE “Nigerians” for “Americans,” and “Abuja” for
out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount
of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will
continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The
limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."
-- Frederick Douglass
"Still if you will not fight for the right when
you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory
will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have
to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for
survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no
chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
-- Winston Churchill.
"Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a
totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic."-- Erik
"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do
everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I
will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do.
And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -- Edward
"A nation of sheep will beget a government of
wolves." -- Edward R. Morrow