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2019 Presidency: Obaze doubts INEC’s neutrality, warns against electoral fraud

By Pamela Eboh, Awka on 13/01/2019

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•Atiku/Obi Anambra Campaign Council Chairman, Oseloka Obaze
•Atiku/Obi Anambra Campaign Council Chairman, Oseloka Obaze

The Chairman of Atiku/Obi Campaign Council in Anambra State, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, on Saturday expressed doubt in the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remain a neutral umpire.

He expressed the doubt during an interactive radio programme on Sapientia 95.3FM, Onitsha, Anambra State.

Obaze observed that recent events in the country have put a serious credibility deficit on INEC.

According to him, the controversies surrounding by-elections and state elections in the last couple of years, especially that of Ekiti and Osun states, have placed serious credibility deficits on INEC.

The former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) noted that INEC has a very recent track record that makes it impossible for his political party or any other party, and indeed for Nigerians to say that they have implicit confidence in the ability of the umpire to deliver free, fair, transparent and sufficiently credible elections in 2019.

Obaze said the strength of the government, in any established democracy, derives from public confidence in statutory institutions which INEC is one.

He called on the electoral umpire to live above the fray and ensure that the votes of Nigerians truly count in the coming elections, even as he faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to assent the amended electoral act.

Obaze said: “Amina Zakari (a Federal Commissioner of INEC) has been flagged for a potential conflict of interest. It will serve collective good if she refuses herself or be made to do so in the national interest.”

He warned INEC to desist from rigging the forth-coming elections.

Responding to question on his party’s chances in the coming elections, Obaze said that the incumbent administration's abysmal performance in office has bolstered the chances of the PDP at the polls.

He added that “Nigerians are hungry under this present administration and are rallying behind PDP’s Atiku-Obi ticket which they have come to see as a credible alternative.”

Source News Express

Posted 13/01/2019 09:45:16 AM





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