Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Anambra Election: CNPP Calls For The Resignation Of INEC Chair, Jega

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has called on the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega to resign forthwith.
The CNPP accused Jega of conducting a sham election, in the name of Anambra State Governorship Election.
In a press statement made available by the National Publicity Secretary of the CNPP, Chief Osita Okeckucku, the group said, "we are making this call on the fact that the eminent Professor Jega from available records bungled the single Anambra State gubernatorial election; and this being the case, what are the guarantee that he will not bungle the 2015 general elections?
"We were perplexed that up till this Monday morning when the gross irregularity were clearly made public by the Returning Officer, Professor James Okuoke resulting in the declaration of the result as inconclusive and cancellation of 113,113 votes; Professor Jega behaving like a hired hand on a television interview Sunday afternoon had sort to defend INEC and its failed exercise.
"Jega to our consternation was nervously harping on only 65 Polling Units in Obosi Electoral Ward, even when by his own admission the INEC Electoral Officer whom he claimed had been arrested had messed up the electoral process in the entire Idemili North LGA with 306 Polling Units and total registered voters of about 174,000; claiming that he cannot cancel the total election because of one Electoral Officer's malfeasance.
"The first valid question to our eminent professor is, is the 113,113 cancelled votes from only Idemili North, where no election took place and where a rescheduled election was supposedly conducted at Obosi and later extended to Abatete and Nkpor Ward 2, without official notification?
"CNPP contends that over 506,000 votes should be cancelled, as it is an oversight on the part of Prof. Jega and his cohorts in INEC to cancel only 113,113 votes and close their eyes to the 174,000 votes in Idemili North, where voting did not take place and over 200,000 manipulated votes spread across Anambra West and East, Awka North and South, Ihiala and other uncountable Polling Units, as evidenced by reports of local and international observers.
"Secondly, is it with good conscience that an election was fixed on a Sunday in a predominantly Christian community?
"The third valid question to the eminent professor is can we trust the fate of Nigerians in an incapable, inept and compromise hand to conduct the more sensitive and delicate 2015 general elections?
"In fact the Anambra State Governorship has in no uncertain terms exposed Professor Jega's palpable ineptitude, gross incapacity, utter negligence and near compromise in managing elections; therefore Professor Jega should resign forthwith.
In sum, we call for the total cancellation of the Anambra State Governorship Election", the CNPP added.
via Gistactivist

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