- Civil Liberties Organisation has slammed APC and PDP for involving in vote buying during Akwa Ibom election
- The coordinator of the group, Franklin Isong, also berated INEC for covering up election malpractice during the state polls
- CLO, however, advised INEC to come to its drawing board and provide best effective electoral system for the country
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been berated by Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) for their roles in the Akwa Ibom election.
Speaking with journalists on Wednesday, March 27, in a reaction to the kerfuffle generated in Akwa Ibom during election, CLO chairman Franklin Isong, also slammed the security operatives for allowing electoral malpractices in the states.
Accusing PDP and PDP of indulging in the shameful act of vote buying, CLO declared that history would remember how voters were cowed by security agencies to manipulate what should have been a peaceful process.
Isong did not sheath the sword for INEC as he accused the commission of allegedly covering electoral lapses.
The CLO coordinator said: “INEC should return to the drawing board to address the lapses which came to the fore during the general elections.
“The critical stakeholders in the electoral process such as INEC, security agencies, political parties, civil societies and the press, should close ranks and ensure that elections remain free, fair and credible.
“Perhaps, the greatest undoing of the elections was the large scale vote-buying which pervaded the state.
''Cash-for-vote was so pervasive that they were done in the open. Voters were made to write their names before voting and collect the cash after voting. In most cases thugs were fighting over money and sharing formula.
“In Unit 7, at Village hall, Ikot-Anwanna Asanga Asanga Usung in Ikono local government Area, it was a free for all fight, and voting had to be stopped until the voters were paid.
''There is hardly any polling unit in the state where votes were not paid for, all happening in the presence of the security men.”
CLO, however, advised INEC to come to its drawing board and provide best effective electoral system for the country.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Rivers chapter of Foundation Watch Association (FWA) had urged INEC to declare Governor Nyesom Wike winner of the state governorship election.
Speaking on Tuesday, March 26, FWA coordinator, Chidi George, said it was high time the electoral umpire declared the governor winner in order to douse the escalating tension generated by the election situation in the oil producing state.
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