A civil society group, Consumer Rights Project (CRP), has urged Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, to personally supervise the supplementary election scheduled to hold on tomorrow in Abia State.
CRP, an NGO committed to the protection and promotion of rights of consumers as well as the entrenchment of good governance in Nigeria, was a local observer of the April 11 state elections in the South Eastern part of the country.
The group, in a statement by its Executive Secretary, Onu Eke Uche, expressed dismay at the high level of brigandage, rigging and violence that characterised the elections, especially in Imo and Abia states respectively.
“Our investigations showed that the role played by the security agencies particularly the Army and the International Observers in some states like Abia was nothing short of being biased and compromised in the process with the aim to tinker with the results of the election.
“The opposition, it was alleged, master-minded the intimidation and oppression of voters. “A reliable source also disclosed that both the Resident Commissioner and the Returning Officer for the state were compromised, hence their decision to cancel elections at the polling units already collated and signed by the parties’ agents.
“It is our strong belief that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Headquarter in Abuja under Professor Attahiru Jega should either personally supervise the rescheduled supplementary election on the 25 April or send credible, trustworthy and non-partisan National Commissioners to take over from both the Resident Commissioner and the Returning Officer in the state to give more credibility and acceptability to the outcome of the election.”