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INEC  Corrects The Lagos Mistake!






April 26, 2003



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 official website:





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 change.

*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 PM 4/26/2003





So we went looking for just the new Tinubu/Williams figures, and contrasted them with the old ones:




LG                         ß-----Corrected --à          ß--------- Previous -----à

OJO                     26,093             31,293             26,093            312,993

KOSOFE               78,578              44,943             15,023              89,484

SHOMOLU             48,714              47,338             48,714             47,338

TOTALS              153,385           123,574             89,830            449,815


OVERALL             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.


Bolaji Aluko



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 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations


"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 Bergen


"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 “Washington”]                                                                                                                                                                           "Find 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 von Kuehnelt-Leddihn


"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 Everett Hale


"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." -- Edward R. Morrow




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