Anambra Poll: Group Demands Sack of INEC REC Over Alleged Bribery Rig for APGA

Anambra Poll: Group Demands Sack of INEC REC Over Alleged Bribery Rig for APGA

  • A group has called for the removal of some INEC officials directly involved in the Anambra governorship election
  • According to the group, the officials have since compromised their positions by favouring the ruling party in the state
  • The group called on security agencies in the country to move swiftly and arrest the officials before the election

FCT, Abuja - The Save Nigeria Movement (SNM) has raised an alarm of plot by top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig this weekend Anambra governorship poll in favour of Professor Charles Soludo of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA)

SNM convener, Rev Solomon Semaka at a press conference in Abuja attended by, said top INEC official in Abuja and another official of the electoral commission in Anambra state as masterminds of the plot.

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The Prof Yakubu-led INEC has a major challenge concerning its officials' integrity ahead of the Anambra election. Photo credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP
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The group expressed concern that the duo have not been questioned over their alleged involvement in a $4 million bribery scandal as part of an attempt to compromise the Anambra election in favour of APGA.

Rev Semaka said:

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“Based on media reports, we quickly identified Governor Obiano and Prof Okey Ibeanu as those responsible for plans to truncate our democracy.
“Weeks after we called for the sack or suspension of Prof Ibeanu from INEC, it is disheartening to note that he is still in the commission playing very unsavoury roles aimed at compromising the process.
“While security agencies and INEC are yet to commence the investigation of the professor, we demand that such enquiry is begun immediately.”

The group thereby demanded the immediate probe and suspension of the named INEC official. insisting that no sensitive duty must be assigned to him in the entire period of the Anambra governorship election considering his alleged compromised dispositions.

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The group also called on all Non-Governmental Organisations and critical stakeholders to look into the allegations against the INEC official and advise him to recuse himself from the election in Anambra state.

INEC raises alarm over ineffective polling units ahead of Anambra guber

Meanwhile, INEC on Friday, revealed that 86 out of the 5,720 polling units in the state have no voters.

As a result of this, the commission said it would not deploy personnel and materials to the polling units without voters.

Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu made the disclosure at a special consultative meeting with political parties in Abuja, saying 894 representing 15.6 per cent of the polling units have between 1 and 49 voters.

Election observer group blames INEC for disenfranchising eligible voters

In a related development, a group, Yiaga Africa has blamed INEC for failing to distribute Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to the 76,104 newly eligible voters.

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The group said in a statement:

“Yiaga Africa is worried that, with less than 8 days to the elections, the commission is yet to commence distribution of PVC to the 76,104 new eligible voters who recently got registered during the Continuous Voters Registration in the state.
“This, if not addressed, could potentially disenfranchise eligible voters.”


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