Illegal Substitution, Removal Of Names Threaten INEC’s Credibility
THERE are reported cases of alleged removal and illegal substitution of candidates’ names, ahead of the forthcoming general elections. In the last few weeks, aggrieved candidates had forwarded numerous petitions and complaints to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to disregard claims made by their parties for substituting their names, after they had emerged winners from their various party primaries.
Anxiety Grips Nation Ahead Saturday’s Polls
COME Saturday, barring any happenstance, Nigeria will hold its most keenly contested election. The umpire saddled with ensuring its smooth conduct says all is well. The organs of government charged with securing it say it will be peaceful. But disturbing realities on ground indicate the road ahead might be very challenging.
Gambari, others visit Obasanjo, condemn calls for Jega’s removal
SOME eminent Nigerians, under the umbrella, “Council of the Wise,” yesterday expressed worry at the gale of protests by some armed militias in different parts of the country, describing the development as “unfortunate and partisan.” In past days, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), in Enugu and Lagos respectively, had been calling for the dismissal of the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, over the large number of citizens being disenfranchised by the electoral body ahead of the general elections.
APC seeks joinder in suit against INEC
THE All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday applied to join as a co-defendant in a suit filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos by the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). UPN is praying Justice Okon Abang to compel the electoral umpire to list its presidential standard bearer and other candidates for the March 28 and April 11 general elections.
‘We’ll Ensure The Elections Are Closely Supervised And Monitored’
THE Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT) of Orient Foundation for Social Justice and Civic Education, Chris Okoye, has said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has accredited the Foundation to observe the general elections. The Foundation, he explained, is going to ensure that the elections are under close community supervision and monitoring. Speaking in an interview with The Guardian after receiving the letter of accreditation from INEC, Okoye said the accreditation would help to check the abuses that had hitherto marred the conduct of credible elections in Nigeria, especially in the Southeast.