The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), before the 2019 General Elections designated several Commissioners to speak on behalf of the commission on the level of preparedness of INEC for the Elections.
One of those who spoke eloquently was the popular and no nonsense INEC Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Mike Igini.
Mr. Igini during an interview with Seun Akinbaloye of Channels Television informed Nigerians that the INEC has prepared two prompt collation methods in order to overcome rigging in the elections.
Mr. Igini stated and I quote …”what we are going to do on Saturday (February 23, 2019) and we have trained people for that. Unlike before when you have one collation Officer, we are now having TWO COLLATION OFFICERS at the ward levels and this is how they are going to go about it. First, the presiding officer will have to input the results into the card reader and will SEND IT STRAIGHT AWAY INTO THE CENTRAL SERVER…”. (Watch the rest in the video as attached).
However, when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar approached the Presidential Petition Tribunal with results collated by INEC Server, not only did INEC denied the presence of a server, the Commission also lied that the results of the February 23, 2019 Presidential Election were never transmitted electronically as presented by the same commission before the General Elections.
The sudden u turn by the INEC after declaring a wrong results as against the authentic results collated by the commission is what Nigerians and members of the international community should query the INEC very seriously.
INEC is an independent arbiter, that is supposed to be unbiased and transparent in its operation, but a situation where INEC is now playing “double standard” will greatly hamper the smooth operation of our democracy.
The task before the Justice Abdul Aboki’s led 2019 Presidential Petition Tribunal is to see between the lines and redeem the mandate clearly and freely given to the PDP Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar by Nigerians on February 23, 2019 as seen in the INEC collated server results and not the manipulated manual results.
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