Abia Obidients have lambasted the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC over the electoral umpire’s inconsistency regarding Abia Governorship election.
In a statement signed by Comrade Chetachi Ikpe and High Chief Ndubueze Obiakwata, Coordinator, Peter Obi Grassroots Movement (POGM), Abia State and Chairman, Obidient Across Parties Alliance(OAPA), Abia State, respectively on behalf of Abia Obidients, the groups accused INEC of double standards and “not being consistent with its inconsistencies”
The statement reads thus:
Abia Obidients categorically demand that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC must strive to avoid playing double standards “ by not being consistent with its inconsistencies” regarding the electoral umpire’s bizarre decision to suspend the announcement of Governorship results from Obingwa LGA.
According to INEC, announcement of the result of the said LGA was suspended for investigation and interrogation.
Curiously and unfortunately, this is inconsistent with the electoral umpire’s position during the Presidential election where the Labour Party , LP Candidate, Mr Peter Obi and other aggrieved parties were asked to challenge the contentious presidential election results in court.
It was based on the premise that according to INEC, “it is only the court, not INEC has the powers to reject or upturn a result that had already been declared by the returning officers at the LGA / State levels.
We urge INEC to strive to be consistent despite her glaring inconsistencies.
Using the commission’s position on the presidential election as a precedent, we urge INEC to immediately announce the Obingwa LGA Governorship election result and proceed to announce the winner of the election. It is disheartening when INEC appears to have different set of rules for different political parties and personalities. That is very unhealthy for Nigerian democracy.
Comrade Chetachi Ikpe
Coordinator, Peter Obi Grassroots Movement (POGM), Abia State
High Chief Ndubueze Obiakwata
Chairman, Obidience Across Parties Alliance (OAPA), Abia State