INEC Goofed – Ezeemo, Obaze, Others React

Raymond Ozoji, Awka

Mr Godwin Ezeemo, PDP stalwart in Anambra has described INEC postponement of Feb16 general election as a huge embarrassment to Nigeria and had reduced the worth of the country before the comity of nations.

He said that INEC owes Nigerians more explanation than mere logistics challenges it mentioned. He decried the commission’s unwillingness to give Nigerians credible elections and advised the Chairman buries his face in shame for embarrassing the nation.

According to Ezeemo, the logistics expenses of electorate who travelled far and wide to perform this simple civic responsibilty were immeasurable. He said that it’s unfortunate that INEC by this action has exposed itself as incompetent, incredible and unreliable agency.

Ezeemo said that he hoped that INEC had not been hijacked and advised Mamood Yakubu, the INEC boss, to put his name in sands of time by conducting a credible election on the said new dates.

He said that Nigerians were wiser in political actitivies and would calm down in the face of heavy provocation till their goal of enthroning sound leadership was achieved .

Prof. Stella Okunna, Dean Faculty of Social Science Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka  said the situation was a very sad one, leaving a bad precedent for a nation’s political life; this election was not impromptu, INEC brought shame to this country.

Chief Chris Elumunoh, former state president of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo said that INEC goofed. He said that all the security chiefs in the country were ready but the commission which gave out the time was not ready and they had been deceiving Nigerians saying they were ready to move to next level. It is a big shame.

Mr Ndubuisi Nwobu, PDP state chair in Anambra, described the postponement as a huge embarrassment to this great country. Nwobu said that it had never happened in annals of the nation history for election to be cancelled in the morning of an election day.

He said that it shows how the nation is being governed for the past three and half years. It is a show of lack of planning and having competent managers in running the affairs of the nation. Nwobu said Nigerians had been disgraced in the comity of nations.

He urged PDP faithful to remain calm and play by the electoral law and assured that if elections were cancelled 10 times that Nigerians had resolved to vote out bad governance and would remain focused.

INEC integrity in doubt — Obaze 

Chairman Anambra PDP Presidential Campaign Council Mr.Oseloka Henry Obaze says that the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC had four years to prepare for the 2019 elections in keeping with its statutory remit but It’s last minute postponement of the elections leaves room for suspicion.

Obaze who issued a press statement on the development yesterday in Awka,  said despite repeated assurances of the ability of the commission to conduct credible polls, the postponement lends credence to worries that INEC was never prepared to conduct a free, fair and sufficiently credibile elections.

He maintained that as the umpire, INEC must understand that the postponement comes at a great cost to Nigerians.

According to him, Nigerians are ever ready to make their voices heard through the ballot; hence the shifting of the goalpost in the middle of the game, he noted,  undermines the nation’s democracy and boasted that the postponement won’t stop Nigerians from exercising their universal suffrage and passing their verdict.

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