- A lawyer and activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has accused INEC of being biased during Osun rerun election
- The said the commission betrayed the trust reposed in it by Nigerians
- Adegboruwa stated that the commission needs a review by the National Assembly
A lawyer and activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has accused the electoral body, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) of breaching the trust reposed on it by Nigerians through the way it handled the Osun election, The Punch reports.
In a piece he wrote on Friday, September 22, titled 'Osun governorship election: Back to the trenches,' Adegboruwa said the electoral commission was sympathetic to the ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC)
Legit.ng gathers that the lawyer also berated the commission, adding that the process is a signpost confirming the claims that Buhari's loyalists and disciples are the ones heading the commission.
He said: “First, the election has shown that INEC is not independent.
“The influence of the ruling party on INEC cannot be overemphasised, especially as it has constantly been trumpeted that there are many loyalists and relatives of the president, occupying very high positions in INEC.
“It is thus almost certain that in keenly contested elections, such as the Osun governorship, INEC will be reluctant to declare a candidate of the opposition party, as the winner. Thus, the general view in respect to the Osun governorship election is that it became inconclusive because the opposition candidate was leading.”
Recall that INEC declared the candidate of APC, Gboyega Oyetola, the winner of the poll with 255,505 votes. His close challenger, Senator Ademola Adeleke of opposition Peoples Democratic Party pulled 255,023 votes, raising question about the sincerity of INEC.
The lawyer was also of the opinion that having keenly followed the election process in the state, he submitted that the electoral body has some loopholes that can only be removed by the National Assembly.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Ademola Adeleke, rejected Osun re-run election result. He described it as a “charade” which must not be allowed to stand.
Ademola Adeleke Campaign Organisation, in statement to the media, said the election was a show of force and violence and hence, rejected it.
Adeleke justified his claims with an evidence that voters were deliberately refused access to polling points at gun points.
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