Wednesday, December 1

Ohanaeze hails Buhari, warns against Ihiala poll manipulation

The Acting Youth Leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Onwuasoanya FCC Jones has praised what he described as apparent impartiality of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the Anambra governorship election.

Onwuasoanya in a chat with journalists, said his organization was satisfied with the conduct of the election, but regretted the glitches experienced in deploying the BVAS which he noted might have significantly discouraged a number of citizens who turned out to cast their votes.

He said, “Not very disappointing. I believe that the results announced so far represent to a large extent the wishes of the majority of voters. We were all afraid that the President, being a member of a political party might want to interfere with the processes in order to favour his party. But, it is clear that he allowed the electoral process to run its full course. For that, we commend him.

“Preliminary reports from the Election Security Monitoring Committee set up by our organization to monitor the election also indicate that the Independent National Electoral Commission were mostly impartial and security agents deployed to secure the election were mostly professional in discharging their duties.

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“Apart from reports of network and technical glitches reported in most polling stations across the State, which significantly disenfranchised potential voters, the INEC deserves commendations as long as this election is concerned.

“While this could be regarded as a an improvement from previous elections, the Commission needs to work harder in ensuring that the BVAS work more efficiently in future elections.”

Onwuasoanya further praised the Election Security Monitoring Committee led by Mazi Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu for its efforts which contributed in no small measure to the successful conduct of the election.

“The Chairman of our Election Security Monitoring Team, Mazi Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu brought his wealth of knowledge in youth activism and grassroots mobilization into bear in ensuring that the election held successfully. On behalf of all Igbo youths, worldwide, I want to specially appreciate him and his team for doing a marvelous job,” he said.

While urging voters in Ihiala where a mop up election would be conducted on Tuesday to come out en masse to cast their votes, Jones warned against any attempts to manipulate the process to favour any candidate or political party.

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“Nobody has the right to choose a governor for Anambra people. Anambra people have spoken in 20 LGAs and they will conclude the talk in the remaining LGA by today. No one should toy with the idea of conjuring any form of electoral magic in Ihiala or anywhere else, there might be a rerun election,” he observed.

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