-Fake INEC result sheets: Protesters shut down Abuja, want Chairman, Yakubu, Commissioner, Zakari sacked
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to ensure violencefree elections in Ondo and Rivers states, saying if an election cannot be conducted in one state, “we should forget
about 2019.” He spoke in Benin just as protesters shut down Abuja yesterday calling for the resignation of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC chairman, Professor MahmoodYakubu and an alleged controversial national commissioner, Amina Zakari. According to a statement issued by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, yesterday, the president said this while speaking at a state dinner in Benin, the Edo state. Buhari said the forthcoming governorship elections in Ondo as well as national and state assembly rerun elections in Rivers, would serve as a test for the general elections in 2019. ‘‘What happened in [the last elections] Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers state disturbs me a lot,” he said. The President added: ‘I think we should go beyond these actions. Why do we kill each other? Putting tyres on people and setting them ablaze? ‘‘I have told the law enforcement agencies; if we can’t conduct an election in one state then we should forget about 2019.” …Abuja shutdown: Yakubu, Zakari must go Group of human rights lawyers and civil societies yesterday stormed the
National Assembly , demanding full scale investigation into the alleged production of fake Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) result sheets ahead of the December 10 planned rerun senatorial election in Rivers state, More than 500 protesters described the exposed printing of election result sheets as a high-level plot to rig the forthcoming rerun election in Rivers state. The group under the aegis of Alliance in Defence of Democracy had earlier in the day matched to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, where the angry protesters also demanded the immediate resignation of its national chairman Prof, Mahmood Yakubu, and the National commissioner in charge of election Mrs Amina Zakari from office to allow for investigation into the scam Police had at the weekend arrested three persons including the manager of a printing press Mr Atonye Peterside, over alleged printing of fake INEC result sheets for possible use in the state. The leader of the group, Barrister Agu Okwukwe, at a news briefing yesterday
in Abuja however called for immediate investigation into the scam. The leader of the group who fingered top INEC officials in the botched electoral fraud, insisted that the commission must explain how the printer got information about the serial numbers of the commission’s result sheets for the December election. He alleged that the result sheets were printed “unit by unit for the eight local government areas in Rivers south East senatorial zone The act is capable of truncating Nigeria democracy as the right of citizens to have their votes count would have been denied and democracy desecrated in the worst forms It must not be swept under the carpet , in fact it must be conclusively investigated immediately and every one directly and remotely involved be brought to book. Actions such as this are akin to the incidence that led to the notorious 1983 wild west election crisis which ultimately led to the return of military rule in that year” Reply Reply to All Forward More.