- Civil society group, Situation Room, has released its assessment of INEC's performance in the 2019 elections
- The group's convener, Clement Nwankwo, said INEC failed to stand up to the agencies of state that are used to manipulate elections
- Nwankwo added that for Nigeria's elections to be credible, INEC has to be fully in control
Following the conduct of the 2019 elections, Situation Room, a civil society group, has released its review of the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Cable reports that Clement Nwankwo, who is the convener of the civil society group, told ThisDay that the electoral body lacked the ability to stand up to the agencies of the state that are used to manipulate elections.
Nwankwo called on INEC to stand up to those undermining the elections' credibility and deal with them decisively.
He noted that security agencies were in some cases compromised and worked with thugs to perpetrate electoral malpractice.
Nwankwo charged INEC not to give in to the whims and caprices of incumbents, adding that it must be in control of the electoral process.
He said: “So, INEC must stand up. Of course, there are issues of rogue INEC officials and security agencies running off on their own to help to frustrate the electoral process but the bigger issue is that of the leadership of the commission taking responsibility and saying ‘we can’t allow security agencies, we can’t allow police to team up with political parties and subvert the will of the people’.”
In a similar development, the leader of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC), Buba Galadima, said he can conduct Nigeria's elections without getting funds from the federal government if appointed as the INEC chairman.
Galadima said he would singlehandedly fund the elections with money from donor agencies.
He accused President Buhari of conspiring with INEC, the security agencies and the judiciary to secure his re-election in the 2019 presidential election.
The controversial and outspoken elder statesman lamented that he was losing hope of ever witnessing a free and fair election in his lifetime.
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