by Adeniyi Abdul
Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomole has ripped into the Independent National Electoral Commission, declaring that the body had failed in several aspects regarding the conduct of the Edo gubernatorial elections today.
Speaking to newsmen earlier today at the Iyamho Primary School, Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area, he criticised the commission and its chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega for attempting to frustrate the voting public, and eventually falsify results.
According to Oshiomole, INEC had planned “not to bring out the voting materials on time and as we speak in Oredo Local Government Area, Benin City, and Egor Local Government Area, the heart of Benin City materials have not got to majority of the polling booths after 11 am and at the New Era College, Upper Mission Road, they brought fake voters register different from the one the people registered.”
“If accreditation is to stop by 12pm and by 11am, it is after 11am now, there are no materials in some polling booths, it then means Prof. Attahiru Jega and INEC have no plans to conduct election,” the governor fumed. “The whole idea is to frustrate the people so that they will not be able to vote, and they will declare a fake result.”
“Prof Jega and INEC have been an embarrassment to the nation. I am in shock with all the arrangements they have made sensitizing the people, and I told them, INEC need to be sensitized. INEC is the weakest link in the Nigeria democratic chain. I have no faith in what INEC is doing in Benin City.”
“This is designed for where majority of the people are denied the right to vote,” he continued. “This time around I have told them this country either decides on whether to move on or move back, I see sponsored editorials saying whatever happens we will go to court, but today we have to sort out the issues once and for all.”