Bayelsa polls: Coali­tion alerts INEC on rig­ging

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Sak­ina Abubakar

The Niger Delta Pa­tri­otic Coali­tion has alerted the newly ap­pointed chair­man of the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC), Pro­fes­sor Mah­mud Yakubu of plans by cer­tain groups to rig the forth com­ing gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in Bayelsa State.

This call, the group said, has be­come nec­es­sary fol­low­ing re­ports that the groups are work­ing to re­claim the Niger Delta re­gion.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day in Abuja, Pas­tor God­knows Okauru said there are signs in the air to con­firm their fears, and the need to urge Pro­fes­sor Yakubu to be wary of such plans.

He there­fore urged Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to pro­vide a level play­ing field for all cit­i­zens to ex­er­cise their con­sti­tu­tional fran­chise ac­cord­ing to ex­ist­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions guid­ing the con­duct of trans­par­ent, cred­i­ble, free and fair elec­tion any­where in the world.

In his words, “Pres­i­dent Buhari, who is the great­est ben­e­fi­ciary of his pre­de­ces­sor’s demo­cratic cre­den­tials, has so many great lessons to learn and to prove to Nige­ri­ans that he is now a born again demo­crat. This is ex­pected to play out in both his of­fi­cial and pri­vate con­duct dur­ing the forth­com­ing gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tions in Kogi and Bayelsa, where his party’s can­di­dates are bank­ing on the use of the elec­toral body and se­cu­rity agen­cies to rig the elec­tions in their favour,” he said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.