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Enraged Nigerians berate INEC for withholding Rivers rerun election results

By Mayowa Okekale, Abuja on 30/03/2016

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The election of the Rivers State House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senatorial Elections mighty have gone, but barely 11 days after, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to announce the results of the collated results, having declared it inconclusive.

Understandably enough, it was seen as a move by the APC government to use the federal might to manipulate and doctor the already collated results. But skeptical and angry Nigerians, even in other states, have gotten impatient and tired of waiting indefinitely.

However, different groups of concerned Nigerians and Rivers citizens who expect transparent INEC under the APC administration of ‘change,’ have taken to twitter to express their displeasure and also called on the Electoral Body to release the results without further ado.

News Express picked some of the following on the social media, in reaction to the development:

Toyin Alarape: “If you don’t join in telling INEC to do their job in this case, you are an enemy of our democracy. Would President Buhari have become the President if INEC were run inconclusively under the last administration of Goodluck Jonathan?”

 Olusola Onabote: Precisely one year ago, Buhari won elections run by an independent INEC. Today, he is denying the Rivers people same. It took us many hours to vote, and now it's taking over 10 days to release Rivers re-run results. Then the chairman must resign, if not capable.

Taiwo Akinade: “The world hailed INEC just one year ago for remaining independent. So, why play to the whims of the ruling party now? INEC, as a democratic institution in Nigeria, was built for 16 years but destroyed in just 10 months.”

Taiwo Adisa: “Why is INEC suddenly becoming inept at conducting elections, since May 2015? Why should we keep having inconclusive elections and results? A court says INEC should conduct rerun election within 90 days yet the electoral body chooses and picks. A senatorial election is kept in abeyance in Imo, same for Anambra. INEC is painting itself as spineless. The ruling APC needs to call its members to order. Many of them boast of ‘Federal might’ as if this is the first time we are having a federal government.”

Olajumoke Obajemu: “It is worrisome. The brigand age of Anarchy and his cohorts in the Rivers re run elections is impunity of the first order.  I think the electoral reforms that brought APC to power are being undermined by the ruling party. This power ‘show’ must stop.’

•Photo shows INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu.

Source News Express

Posted 30/03/2016 05:01:39 AM


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