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APC might boycott future polls

27 November 2013, 10:41Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The opposition All People’s Congress (APC) has passed a vote-of-no-confidence on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and hinted at not taking part in any election unless the organisation was reformed.

This comes on the back of the widely-condemned governorship elections recently held in the Anambra State.

“Before we begin our deliberations on how to resolve this recurring issue of electoral impunity, let me sound a note of warning: If those who manipulated Anambra election, and the Delta Central Senatorial District before it, are allowed to get away with their shenanigans, they will be further emboldened to ply their devilish trade in Osun and Ekiti next year, and of course we can forget about the 2015 general elections,” said APC interim National Chairman, Bisi Akande.

“We have no iota of confidence in INEC's personnel and the commission's voters' register, which we believe has been irredeemably tampered with to such an extent that it can no longer be relied upon for any election. We will not participate in any election until there is a far-reaching restructuring of INEC that will see a purge of the bad eggs in the commission, a re-orientation of the remaining staffers and the compilation of a new and credible voters' register. The restructuring of INEC and the compilation of a new voters' register are the barest minimum requirements for Nigeria's return to the path of electoral chastity,” he added.

Akande said the party had been aware ahead of the elections that the poll would be compromised.

“To be sure, our party was not caught unawares. Ahead of the Anambra election, we issued a total of 15 press releases warning against everything that eventually happened at the elections. We said INEC was working in cahoots with the presidency/PDP to rig the elections; We exposed the rigging strategies that included mass disenfranchisement, starving of opposition strongholds of electoral materials and the late delivery of voting materials; We raised the alarm on the sudden creation of 1 973 voting units, for which our agents got no tags; We criticized the 22-hour curfew, because we believed it was a ploy to give the riggers the leeway to carry out their plans without being noticed and we warned that the results will not be acceptable without voting in all local governments,” said Akande.

– CAJ News.


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