Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi) senator said this on Wednesday when the Senate debated on a bill, which passed second reading the same day, to establish an electoral offences commission.
The senator who use the general elections in Nigeria, as well as the supplementary elections which returned him to the red chamber as a case study, said that the election was full of violence and killing.
Such election has continued to brings “people of questionable character” to elective positions.
Smart Adeyemi said “I think the time has come for us, not just to look at the possibility of having a tribunal. I think there is a need for a special court for the electoral offences,” he noted, before drawing a parallel between democratic and civil rule.
But the senate president cut in to remind him that “we are in a democracy.”
“I am saying that having people rigged into executive positions is the worst thing that can happen. I have said it over the years that a military government is the worst but it is even worse when you have people that are forcing themselves on the people.
“We need a special court for electoral offences. Good governance is what democracy is all about but when people are not elected and they get into any position is the worst thing that can happen to any nation. That is just the emphasis I want to make.”
“so that only women and men of honour would be elected, not charlatans, not ragamuffins coming to the National Assembly, making laws. People whose records are questionable character, sitting and making noise.”