INEC Staff Confesses: Rivers State Election A Big Disgrace

The startling revelations at the Rivers State
Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja took
a new turn on Friday September 11 when Charles
Okoye, a staff the Independent National Electoral
Commission, INEC, described the April 11
governorship election as a total charade.
Okoye, who works in the Department of Elections
and Party Monitoring at Rivers State INEC,
revealed to the tribunal that the governorship
election that he monitored was a mockery.
In his words, “the election we observed was
warfare. It is also militant terrorism and a sham. It
was a kangaroo election and a mockery of
democracy…
“The election was characterised by large-scale
violence and disruption of polls in many places.
There were snatching of materials, nonstop
shooting, allocation of figures and all kinds of
impunity.
“All these happened on April 11. What happened
on that day could not have passed as an election
and my observations are in that report that I signed
with members of my monitoring team.
“By virtue of my position at INEC, I am eminently
qualified to speak on the things that happened
during the election. My duty, among other things,
is monitoring of election with a view to assisting
the Commission improve the electoral process.
“Over 80 observer groups reported to me, and I
briefed them concerning the elections and
debriefed them at the end of the elections.
“I also set up monitoring teams that went to various
parts of the state on monitoring. They reported to
me at the end of the day, and I was the person in the
commission who dealt with all the political parties
before, during and after the elections”.
Okoye also said that INEC ad-hoc staff were not
properly recruited, a revelation that confirmed the
position of the APC members who said the ad-hoc
staff were card-carrying members of the PDP.
Earlier, lawyers to INEC and the PDP had raised
objections on the legality of an INEC staff serving
as a witness relying on Section 51(1) of the
Electoral Act. However, Chief Akin Olujimi SAN
in response to their objections informed the
tribunal that that portion of the Electoral Act has
been removed, and therefore no longer binding.

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