ABUJA, (CAJ News) – AHEAD of governorship elections scheduled for the Edo State in September, the Alliance for Credible Election (ACE) has expressed worry at the controversial handling of elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission in recent months.
General-Secretary of ACE, Mma Odi, said Nigerians had their hopes dashed during the period as they expected the new leadership of INEC, headed by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and the current government to improve on the gains made by Prof. Attahiru Jega, the immediate past Chairman of INEC and former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration towards credible elections in Nigeria.
“But sadly, the signals coming from INEC and government of the day in the area of inconclusive elections; non constitution of the INEC Board, the disputed election that took place in Imo North senatorial election re-run election and the postponement of Rivers State re-run senatorial are worrisome.”
Odi, speaking in Abuja, thus appealed to the INEC to avoid a recurrence of problems that stalled a number of elections under the current administration.
“INEC should do everything within its powers to ensure that it doesn’t conduct inconclusive elections in Edo and Ondo states governorship elections.”
The governorship election in Edo State will take place on September 10 while that of Ondo would hold on November 26. – CAJ News