INEC cannot conduct credible polls, says A’Ibom elders

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By Emeka Samuel, Uyo



A group of eminent elders of Akwa Ibom under the aegis of the Akwa

Ibom Leaders Vanguard has expressed doubts over the ability of the

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct credible

polls in Nigeria.



They have also warned of dire consequences if the Inspector General of

Police would go ahead to establish an anti terrorism unit in the state

saying that there is no justification for such a unit in a state

acclaimed by security agencies to be one of the most peaceful in the




Spokesperson for the group Senator Anietie Okon told correspondents in

Uyo yesterday that recent actions by INEC including the appointment of

Mrs Amina Zakari, a relative of President Muhammadu Buhari as national

collation officer have shown that the electoral umpire lack the

capacity to withstand pressures from vested interests.



“INEC said that they want to conduct a free, fair and credible

election.We have been waiting patiently to see the actions of the

federal might as far as this election is concerned.



“We see that there is no way that INEC  can conduct election to be

free, fair and credible. We are anticipating that the election cannot

be free, fair and credible. The recent appointment of Hajia Amina

Zakari as the National Collation Officer has worsened our expectations

of credible polls in the country.




“Recently, we have been told that the governorship candidate of APC

have recruited APC members to be corpers.  Changing corpers uniform

with APC members.  So how can such election be credible? We the elders

of Akwa Ibom are worried.” He said.



He maintained that terrorism in the country have been constrained to

the north east and more recently to Katsina state and accused the

police authorities of acting a script to assist the APC wield their

much vaunted Federal might on the state.



“Recent security challenges in Zamfara and Kaduna states had

necessitated the cal for help by the Governors of those states to our

security forces to help forestall and curb the wild fire of insurgency

rapidly spreading across theses states.



“The most embarrassing affront being the invasion of the President

home sate by theses marauding terrorists.



“The above named states are the main theatres of war of insurgency. It

is therefore shocking that most appalling that our security resources

are being wrongly allocated through the ironic proposal to set up an

anti-terrorism Unit in Akwa Ibom state, several thousand miles away

from the insurgency and terrorism prone locations mentioned

above”.Okon stated.



They recalled that four years ago when the federal government wanted

to set up Nuclear power plant unit in the state they resisted it and

it died a natural death, adding that they  would do everything

possible to resist the anti-bomb unit the state.

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