July 25, 2024

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Anambra Poll: NGO Accuses INEC Boss of Bribery

A non-governmental organization known as ‘Save Nigeria Movement’ (SNM) has accused top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)of plan to rig the Anambra governorship poll in favour of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). Speaking in Abuja, convener of the organization, Rev. Solomon Semaka said top INEC official in Abuja and another official of the electoral commission in Anambra state as masterminds of the plot. He 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.

He said, “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.”

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The group thereby demanded the immediate probe and suspension of the 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. It 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.

Meanwhile, INEC has revealed that 86 out of the 5,720 polling units in the state have no voters. Following this development, the commission said it would not deploy personnel and materials to the polling units without voters. Making this disclosure,INEC chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu said 894 representing 15.6 per cent of the polling units have between 1 and 49 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. Making the disclosure, “Yiaga Africa said it 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(CVR) in the state. “If not addressed, this could potentially disenfranchise eligible voters.”