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INEC’s disposition will determine Nigeria’s fate after 2019 poll, says Eyinnaya Abaribe


Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe

Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Asia State) yesterday warned that the actions or inactions of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the 2019 general elections would determine the country’s direction after the exercise.

“INEC as it is presently constituted is at the brink of history. What they do and what they don’t do will have an effect on whether we have a country or not after next year,” he said.

The lawmaker, who was released on Tuesday after spending five days in the Department of State Services (DSS) custody, urged Nigerians to get their permanent voters cards (PVCs) and vote out the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government.


Speaking with journalists shortly after thanking the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for its support during his travail, Abaribe noted that several senators have been wrongly accused by the Buhari administration.

He said President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki was accused of sponsoring armed robbers; Dino Melaye for gun running; Shehu Sani for murder and himself for sponsoring of the proscribed IPOB.

Reacting to a question on why the legislature has not impeached the President, Abaribe notede that it was not within his purview to decide, noting that the Senate spokesperson was in a better position to answer that question.

His words: “I want to specially thank the members of the National Working Committee (NWC) led by our chairman for the great show of support by my party when I was undergoing the ordeal of dirty politics.

“Where we’re today in Nigeria, I can only make one recommendation to Nigerians and that recommendation is: Get your PVCs ready because we have to vote out this government.

“There is no other way we can do it because as you can see, this government is descending into tyranny.

“When I was arrested, they said I was a sponsor of terrorism and I wanted to know subsequently how I was sponsoring terrorism and they put there in bracket that I was aiding and sponsoring a proscribed organisation-IPOB.

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