President Muhammad Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been asked to respect the will of Nigerians to avoid anarchy, breakdown of law and order in the country.
Human Rights,Liberty Access and Defenders Foundation (HURIJE,), which made the call after their expanded executive meeting in Owerri, Imo State lamented the bastardization of Nigeria’s electoral system in the yet to be concluded 2019 general election.
The Chairman of HURIJE, Dede Uzor A Uzor, who spoke after the meeting said the introduction of new way of conducting election otherwise known as “inconclusive” was official way INEC employed to compromise the election and electoral process.
He said this system started in Osun State governorship election, where INEC declared election already won by the PDP candidate inconclusive , which APC later won.
In the latest election , said HURIJE boss, the six or eight States declared inconclusive were the States the main opposition party PDP were leading and the area left have little or no margin to affect the results.
“This unpopular INEC policy breeds corruption and paves way to people’s mandate to be hijacked as it was clearly done in Kano State during the inconclusive election there. That system should be done away with in the interest of our electoral system. It is a ploy by INEC and the ruling party to rig election against the opposition candidates” said Dede Uzor.
He said most states involved like Adamawa, Kano, Benue, Sokoto, Rivers, Plateau were the strongholds of PDP, lamenting that up till now INEC is still playing hide and seek game in Rivers State although announced few days ago.