- A chieftain of the PDP in Lagos has berated the chairman of INEC, Professor Yakubu, over the conduct of 2019 elections
- Onitiri described the just concluded elections as the most fraudulent, compromised and scandalous Nigeria ever had in the history of her democracy
- The PDP stalwart, however, called on Nigerians to prevail on President Buhari to urgently organise a national referendum on the country’s democratic process
Chief Sunbo Onitiri, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Lagos Central senatorial district has condemned Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s role in the Saturday, March 9, governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections across the country.
Vanguard reports that he called on the chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to honourably resign his position and apologise to the country for giving Nigerians the most “fraudulent, compromised and scandalous elections Nigeria ever had in the history of her democracy.”
Legit.ng gathered that Onitiri in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday, March 11, said the irregularities that characterised presidential and National Assembly elections caused voters apathy during governorship and House of Assembly elections.
He said: “INEC has lost it all with the last presidential and National Assembly elections which made people to stay away from the governorship and state House Assembly elections. This is a clear indication of silent protest by Nigerians and a loss of faith in INEC.
"The voter apathy experienced in the governorship election last Saturday is a vote of no confidence in INEC and our democratic process. It’s now an indisputable fact that our votes will never count."
He called on all patriotic Nigerians to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently organise a national referendum on the country’s democratic process.
His words: “I wish to condemn the hounding and arbitrary harassment and arrests of the opposition members, whereas members of the ruling party continued to violate the electoral laws with impunity and ignominy.
“By the presidential and governorship elections, INEC has succeeded in wasting our huge resources, bastardise our democratic process and insulted our collective intelligence as a nation. INEC has lost its remaining credibility."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the INEC said it has set aside Thursday, March 14, for the presentation of the certificates of return for members of the 9th National Assembly.
Speaking on Monday, March 11, the commission's secretary, Rose Orianran-Anthony, also disclosed that the presentations will take place at the Main Hall (Africa Hall), International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja.
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