Nigerians in UK call for free and fair elections, protest ‘violation’ of constitution
Ahead the general elections, Nigerians in the United Kingdom (UK), under the aegis of Concerned Nigerians Living in the UK (CNLUK), yesterday, stormed the Nigerian High Commission in London to register their concern over current events back home.
Worried by the level at which opposition parties are being intimidated, they also decried what they called selective judgment on the part of Buhari administration. The protesters, who defied the cold, held Nigerian flags and placards while protesting.
Addressing journalists, convener of the protest, Wilson Diriwari, said the aim of the protest was to address the issues going on in Nigeria that might destabilise the polity. According to him, the suspension of the embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen will compromise the upcoming election as the government acted outside the provision of the law. The group also said they are also concerned about the unconstitutional suspension in defiance to the court order prohibiting the government from such action.
According to Chidi Kali, the fact that the suspension of the Onnoghen was hasty sends negative message to unbiased observers and those interested in the success of the electoral process. Kali also called on INEC to ensure technical issues with the card readers, saying “it is only in Nigeria that these machines develop fault when they are needed, this undermines our electoral system. We will accept nothing less than a free and fair election.”
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