- The Transition Monitoring Group has warned politicians to desist from making baseless accusation against INEC and security agencies
- The NGO said the attempt to discredit INEC officials could heat up the country's polity ahead of the general elections
- The group said all allegations against officials of the electoral commission need to be properly looked into
A political non-government organisation, the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), has warned politicians who are upsetting the country’s polity with misplaced allegations against staff of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to stop doing so.
The group made this known in a statement on Tuesday, February 19, through its chairman, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, who also showed concerns about the desperate need to discredit some of the officials of INEC, Vanguard reports.
He said: “TMG is concerned about attempts to damage the credibility of some of the national commissioners of INEC who over time have proved themselves as worthy ambassadors of Nigeria.
“We are more concerned in particular, about the petition submitted by the chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Akwa Ibom chapter, calling for the removal of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, for alleged partisanship and other sundry offences ahead of the general polls in the country.”
The group also said that the REC has since refuted the allegation, adding that the accusation needs to be properly looked into.
The group said: “The current INEC has a reputation of having some of the finest brains in the country in their midst and this should be appreciated by all Nigerians. Of course, the postponement of last Saturday’s election may have affected the perception of Nigerians, but we must support INEC to deliver a credible electoral process. Any attempt to rupture its credibility will affect the democratic journey of this country.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of allegedly colluding with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig election.
Speaking on Monday, February 18, at a crucial caucus meeting organised by the ruling party following the postponement of the February 16 election, the APC chairman made an allegation that INEC commissioners in states such as Akwa Ibom and Rivers were working in collaboration with the main opposition party.
He alleged that the commission had brought to the knowledge of PDP the poll shift before any other party.
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