Anambra Guber: Constitutional Crisis Looms as INEC Expresses Worry over Elections in Southeast
- INEC has expressed serious concern in the southeast region of the country regarding threats from the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra
- The chief press secretary to the commission’s chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi noted that crisis may loom if INEC fails to conduct general elections in the region
- Meanwhile, Oyekanmi made this remarks while reacting to the message sent across by a disciple of IPOB who had said the Anambra guber poll would not hold
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is deeply concerned about the situation in the South-East especially as it concerns threats to disrupt the elections in the zone.
The Punch reports that INEC also explained that there could be constitutional crisis if it (commission) was unable to conduct general elections in the region.
The electoral body was clear that election would not be organised under chaotic conditions.
The chief press secretary to the commission’s chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, made this disclosure during an interview on Friday, September 24.
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The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra had earlier threatened that no election would hold in the entire Southeast zone (Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia states) till it achieved its agitation for secession from the Nigerian state.
Simon Ekpa, a self-acclaimed disciple of Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader, had also said the governorship election in Anambra state slated for Saturday, November 6, 2021, would not hold.
“The commission is deeply concerned about the security situation in the Southeast. It is an established fact that INEC cannot carry out electoral activities under chaotic conditions.
“God forbid that INEC is unable to conduct such elections at the appointed time because this will lead to a constitutional crisis. The constitution did not envisage that such elections will not hold.
“With regard to the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 6, we are aware of the various efforts by the security agencies on the one hand, and all the men and women of goodwill in the region on the other, to calm things down.”
Earlier, as part of the efforts to improve the credibility and the safety of the electoral process in Nigeria, the commission took to its Facebook page to reveal the commencement of the nationwide display of the register for claims and objections.
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The Director of Programmes, Yiaga Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu, made the call while speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a ‘Stakeholders’ Reflection Roundtable on Electoral Reform’ held in Abuja on Friday, September 17.
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Reports indicate that the group in a statement in Kano state argued that Jega has the leadership qualities to move Nigeria forward.
Legit.ng gathered that the chairman of the support group, Ahamad Tijjani, pointed out that Jega’s achievements in the academic sector and as the chairman of INEC stands him out.