Abuja - Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has faulted the schedule of the 2015 general elections claiming it exposed the process to rigging.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) set the election for early next February.
Critics have queried the scheduling of national elections on one day and state elections together on another day. National Assembly elections are scheduled for February 14 while governorship and State House of Assembly elections are scheduled for February 28.
“Nigerians cannot afford to continue to be a laughing stock even by West African standards,” Oshiomhole added to the criticism at a stakeholders’ meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Asaba, Delta State.
He said INEC had to recognize that “what determined the outcome of a match is the conduct of the referee and not necessarily the attitude of the players.”
“I don’t understand why INEC wants to climb the tree from the top. They do recognize they have some explanations to make. Common sense demands that you climb a tree from the bottom for good reason. In any case, we are in this particular phase of democracy for 15 years since 1999. What makes the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the collection of the Federating States.
When you want to do Presidential Election first, and you are deviating from an old pattern, you have some explanations to do. But it is more so when under this particular leadership of INEC that they did National Assembly Election first last time, people did complain that they ought to begin with the House of Assembly,” he said.
The governor asked INEC to explain to Nigerians its strategy ahead of elections.
“If you know you still have to do some test- running, you rather try some test-running with smaller units because the governorship election will not be taking place in the 36 States.
The election into the Houses of Assembly cannot be as problematic as the Presidential election. INEC has to convince us that their policies have been formed by strategy they can speak to, that they need to speak to it by the commitment to deliver on free and fair election,” he maintained.
- CAJ News