Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide yesterday, opined that credible elections cannot be achieved under the Prof Mahmood Yakubu led Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The Igbo group accused INEC Chairman of not being prepared and competent in conducting free, fair, and credible elections in 2023, claiming that evidence confirms that he has endangered and compromised his office with the level of falsification allegations leveled against him by the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP.
Secretary-General of the group, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, in a release said that CUPP in a recent statement revealed that the INEC Chairman was biased, unpredictable and unreliable to independently give Nigerians a credible election, even as they demanded for his resignation.
Ohanaeze noted, “he should be sacked and interrogated by the relevant agencies for the manipulation and distortions of Voters register in line with the laws of the land.
“Nigerians have lost confidence in the electoral process under the watchful eyes of Prof Mahmood Yakubu. His continuous stay as INEC Chairman constitutes a security risk for the country and any elections supervised by him might not be acceptable and can trigger an avoidable constitutional disaster that might derail our hard preserved Democracy in 2023.
“Irrespective of the outcome of the Osun and Ekiti elections, there are so many sins of Prof Yakubu that should lead to his sack. The issues of sacking INEC officials in the database was obviously for the falsification allegations against him by CUPP and Prof Yakubu’s disobedience to the pronunciation of Supreme Court verdict on APGA leadership crisis was another sin.
“Prof Yakubu owes Nigerians an explanation for the falsification allegations by CUPP, or Nigerians are hoping for President Buhari to get rid of people like Yakubu before he destroys Buhari’s parting gifts for Nigerians – promise of a free, fair, and credible elections in 2023. This is the best way to get rid of bad eggs in INEC and Prof Yakubu should be shown the door or he will plunge Nigeria into constitutional dilemma and crisis”.
“As Nigerians schedule to occupy INEC offices nationwide, there should be caution on the side of the Federal Government in handling the people so that there would be no crisis during the exercise.