A former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, Ibrahim Mantu, has confessed how he helped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stay in power for 16 years by rigging elections in the past.

Mantu who was being interviewed on Channels Television said he helped the party rig the elections by bribing officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as security agents.

The presenter,  Maupe Ogun-Yusuf had asked him to confirm his earlier comments hinting that he helped rig elections, to which he replied: “Let me tell you one thing, yes I did. I am now confessing the truth.”

“What do I need? I don’t have to go and change election… but you know, when you provide money; you give money to INEC boys to help you, if they see any chance, that they should favour you. You (also) provide money to the security.

Mantu’s confession comes some months after he said he “is now a born again”.

He served as deputy senate president between 1999 and 2007