IMO north senatorial poll: Why INEC must probe fake result – Observer group




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By Joseph Erunke

AN election observer group, the Centre for Transparency Advocacy,CTA,has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to make an official report to the Inspector General of Police calling for investigation and prosecution of Senator Uwajimogu and Prof. Donatus Ohajianya,the returning officer in the February 23, 2019 National Assembly election for Imo North.

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The organisation also tasked the electoral umpire to complete the collation of results of the Imo North Senatorial election and declare a winner.

Speaking through its Director, Legal and Documentation, Ohazuruike Tochukwu, CTA, insisted that making an official report to the Inspector General of Police calling for investigation and prosecution of Senator Uwajimogu and Prof. Donatus Ohajianya was the right thing to do by the commission.

“INEC should know that where this type of criminal activity is allowed to go unpunished, politicians will in subsequent elections print their own result sheets and then struggle for who the Returning Officer will declare his own. It will permanently destroy the credibility and sanctity of our elections,” it said.

This was even as it hailed INEC for setting up a committee to look into the matter with a view to ascertaining the veracity or otherwise of allegations of misconduct in the election and advise the commission on whether its procedures were complied with by officials, saying “this is the right thing to do in such circumstance.”“”We hereby formally call on the INEC to make an official report to the Inspector General of Police calling for criminal investigation and prosecution of Senator Uwajimogu and Prof. Donatus O. Ohajianya. INEC should in this circumstance do the only right thing which is to complete the collation of results and make a declaration and return a winner.“INEC should know that where this type of criminal activity is allowed to go unpunished, that politicians will in subsequent elections print their own result sheets and then struggle for who the Returning Officer will declare his own. It will permanently destroy the credibility and sanctity of our elections.”

The group asked Senator Uwajimogu to “show Nigerians a copy of the result with which he says he won the Imo North Senatorial District election; show Nigerians a video of the Returning Officer declaring him as the winner of the election as he claims even if from a phone and  disclose to Nigerians why the official result sheet for the election does not contain any entries made for Ehime Mbano and Isiala Mbano Local Government areas as the Returning Officer was yet to make the entries into them.”

The CTA observed that “no security agency has the result. Indeed, Nigerians must know that while the duplicate result sheets INEC used in the National Legislative elections were blue in colour, the fake ones were pink in colour. How could it only be the Imo North Senatorial District that would have a different colour of duplicate copies?”





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