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HURIWA describes Feb 23 polls as travesty of justice

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Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has described the presidential and National Assembly elections as a charade and travesty of justice.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the head of legal, Sylvia Okonkwo, described the presidential poll conducted by the Mahmood Yakubu-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on February 23, 2019 as “the most predatory and roguish political enterprise that has ever happened in the world.”

The pro-democracy non-governmental organisation (NGO) urged the presidential flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to explore the legal option, which he has opted for.

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It added that manipulating the outcome of the polls in favour of All Progressives Congress (APC) was more egregious and satanic than kidnapping.

Meanwhile, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has urged Buhari and elected National Assembly members to urgently embark on appropriate policy reforms that would guarantee transparency and smooth electoral processes in the future.

It also encouraged aggrieved political parties to remain law-abiding and channel their concerns through legal process and shun violent protests.

In a statement signed in Abuja, the executive director, Auwal Musa, said the rise in insecurity in the build-up to the elections was of great concern and the security architecture strengthened to tackle incessant herdsmen/farmers crisis, insurgency and other criminalities across the country.

“We, therefore, call on the re-elected government to carry out adequate security reforms by ensuring that our security architecture is strengthened and adequately supported to respond to the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers, insurgency, criminality, kidnapping, rural banditry and loss of lives and property,” he said.


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