A former Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani has revealed that the reason criminals are attacking and burning offices and other facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was to sabotage the 2023 general elections.
Gunmen have been on a rampage attacking and burning down INEC infrastructures across the country, particularly in the Southeast.
Recall that the INEC office in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State was torched by unknown hoodlums on Sunday.
Some of the properties razed down were 340 ballot boxes, 14 power generators, 130 voting cubicles, large water storage tanks, office furniture and a large number of voter cards.
Reacting to the incident, Shehu Sani in a tweet on Monday said that the attackers are enemies of progress who do not want the general elections to be conducted in 2023.
He said, “The ultimate aim of those attacking and burning down INEC offices is to sabotage the coming general elections.
“They are enemies of democracy. It’s a patriotic duty for people to defy violence and rise up against those anarchists.”
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MC Oluomo: Remove Lagos REC, Now, Atiku Tells INEC
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Lagos, Olusegun Agbaje, for his partisanship and compromise.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, said it was curious that Agbaje had insisted on using the Lagos State Park and Garage Management Committee led by transport kingpin, Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council.
Shaibu described as watery Agbaje’s excuse that INEC would not be able to use the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) because they had been barred in Lagos State.
He stated, “The law is clear that only a court has the power to proscribe an organisation. That was why the Federal Government had to go to court to proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
“What Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu did in Lagos State was to arbitrarily announce a ban on the activities of the NURTW because the organisation suspended MC Oluomo, the APC’s henchman. INEC must not promote illegality by working with a partisan organisation which is filled with APC members that are working for Bola Tinubu.
“How could such people be given sensitive materials to be distributed across Lagos on election day? This has already undermined the possibility of a free and fair election. INEC must sanction Mr. Agbaje for insisting on using MC Oluomo’s committee despite protests from members of the public.”
Shaibu recalled that Agbaje was the REC who superintended over the fraudulent 2018 governorship election rerun in Osun State which even the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union discredited.
He added, “Recall that it was Mr. Agbaje who superintended over the fraudulent and violent Osun governorship rerun which produced Gboyega Oyetola as governor. US Consul General, John Bray was spot on when he stated, ‘We witnessed what appeared to be incidents of interference and intimidation of voters and heard reports of harassment or party monitors, journalists and domestic observers.”
Shaibu noted that even election monitoring groups like the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) dismissed the Osun rerun as “fraudulent and anti-democratic”.
He added, “Unfortunately, it is the same Agbaje, who could not effectively supervise a rerun in a few polling units that has been given the task of superintending the election in Nigeria’s largest state with over seven million registered voters. The election is doomed to fail if INEC doesn’t do the right thing by removing him.
“We remind the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, that this will be his last general election before the end of his tenure. We ask him to protect his legacy by removing Mr. Segun Agbaje if he insists that MC Oluomo must be the one to handle sensitive INEC materials. This election must not only be fair but it must be seen to be fair as well.”
Shaibu noted that as of Wednesday morning, over 17,000 Nigerians had signed a petition on Change.Org titled, ‘Remove Olusegun Agbaje as the Lagos INEC Commissioner for Incompetence and Bigotry’.
Agbaje has been under fire for the last one week following his comments over the inability of a large number of non-indigenes in Lagos to vote. While explaining the development on Channels Television, Agbaje, who was visibly disgusted, stated that people of the southeast migrated to Lagos and engaged in double registration hence their inability to get their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC).
Responding to the development, Shaibu stated, “It is disheartening that the Lagos REC, Mr Segun Agbaje, has begun to show open partisanship. We find it curious that it is the local governments considered as opposition strongholds that were unable to get their PVCs.
He stated, “Historians and analysts have described this 2023 general election as a watershed. The destiny of over 200 million people is at stake. INEC says it is ready to deliver a credible and free election but one weak link in the chain of command can undermine the entire process.
“We call on Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu to remove the Lagos REC, Mr. Agbaje, as his credibility is seriously in doubt. Again, we call on INEC not to use the MC Oluomo-led partisan organisation to distribute ballot papers on election day.”
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Our Party Ready For Elections, Postponement Report False And Reckless – APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed claims on its push for the postponement of the 2023 general elections.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, made the clarification in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
The party’s reaction followed speculations in the media that the Federal Government was planning to postpone the elections.
He said: “Our attention has been drawn to a shadowy media report in some media outlets that the APC is pushing for a postponement of the 2023 general elections.
“The report is blatantly false and reckless, and bears no iota of credibility.
“Beyond its loud headline, the report offers no substantive justifying content aside from its intended purpose.”
Morka said the report was aimed at causing needless anxiety among Nigerians on the elections, adding that the elections were of extreme importance to the country.
The spokesman added: “It is not and should not become a matter for idle, rash or insensitive speculation by the media or any institution for that matter.
“On record, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership, our party continues to wage the most extensive and vibrant campaign in the history of our nascent democracy.
“We are seeking to elect our visionary presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima and our party’s governorship, national and state legislative flag bearers into office.”
This, according to him, was in direct contrast to the lackluster and incoherent campaign of the opposition parties that had placed nothing before the electorates, except their lies and propaganda against the APC.
Morka said Buhari had left no one in doubt about his total commitment to credible elections this year
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‘They Are Planning To Rig Election For Tinubu’, Nigerians Kick Against INEC’s Move To Work With MC Oluomo In Lagos
Reactions have trailed the position of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that it will work with the Lagos State Parks Management Committee for the distribution of election materials and personnel in the state.
Recall that INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos, Olusegun Agbaje, had said working with the committee led by Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, would not compromise the forthcoming elections.
Agbaje stated this on Tuesday during the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) meeting at the commission’s office in Lagos.
The INEC official asserted that the commission was only concerned about meeting up with the high volume of logistics needs for the elections, adding that the movement of the sensitive materials would be monitored by security agencies, party agents, and observers.
Following the development, many Nigerians took to social media to condemn Agbaje for planning to work with MC Olumo, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
See some of the reactions below.
They planned this. MC Oluomo was sent to first announce his availability to work with INEC on logistics.
Then the bigot INEC Lagos REC who disenfranchised thousands of many non yorubas is practically saying MC Oluomo is INEC’s best option.
Tinubu we see your hand pic.twitter.com/NhkQnuFbgL
— ＣＨＹＢＳ ⫸ (@chybxo) February 8, 2023
From using MC Oluomo to transport sensitive materials to liking the criticism of a candidate.
INEC Nigeria is not neutral.
— DISTINGUISHED Everest (@novieverest) February 8, 2023
MC Oluomo has no business with the coming election, other systems can transport materials, Consult Uber, bolts, and others.
Una no rate us for this country at all
— Adenekan Mayowa (@Mayorspeaks) February 8, 2023
INEC wants to move sensitive electoral materials with the help of MC Oluomo and his workers.
Don’t we know whom MC Oluomo works for? Should he not be at home that day like every other person?
What kind of rigging is this?
— DISTINGUISHED Everest (@novieverest) February 7, 2023
Mc Oluomo is a known Tout, drug kingpin and Motor park leader in Lagos state.
He was groomed by BAT and now he is a willing and ready to kill and destroy for his Paymaster.
INEC cannot use him to distribute materials because he is already compromised.
— Obinna Prince Odogwu (@odogwu_obi) February 8, 2023
INEC has engaged MC oluomo’s team to distribute election materials.
— Peter Obi’s Feminine Voice (@itzz_blitz1) February 7, 2023
INEC wants to use MC Oluomo’s led parks committee to distribute election materials.
This must be a [email protected]
— Mindset️ (@mindset_tweet) February 7, 2023
This arrangement is flawed. I believe INEC knows MC Oluomo’s is strongly linked with Tinubu. Any INEC staff that suggested that must be sanctioned immediately. This is Rejected. pic.twitter.com/E8ehzVmuFB
— #NigeriaMustBeFree#(CryBelovedCountry) (@aelinwa) February 7, 2023
How the actual hell do INEC intend to work with MC Oluomo and his thugs to achieve free and fair elections?
— NEFERTITI LITE (@FirstObidient) February 7, 2023
Mc oluomo is incharge of moving sensitive voters materials logistic wise. INEC allowed that happen. SMH
— Weyimi B. Lube (Vote LP) (@_weyimi) February 7, 2023
Olusegun Agbaje (Lagos INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner) is doing everything to deliver Lagos state to Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He is about to engage the Lagos State Park management committee headed by MC Oluomo to distribute election materials within the state. Nigerians, focus!
— Aji Bussu Onye Mpiawa azụ (@AfamDeluxo) February 7, 2023
MC Oluomo and his agberos/thugs handling logistics for INEC in Lagos is the height of it. This should not be allowed!!!
— Engr. Shaibu (@engr_shaibu_) February 7, 2023
Sometimes I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone when I see some madness from our leaders. How on earth is INEC using BATs boy Mc Oluomo boys to move election materials? Seriously? @PeterObi people need to be screaming about this. The audacity in this country is mind boggling ♂️ pic.twitter.com/9PjENfV43P
— Dr. Ope Banwo (@opebanwo) February 8, 2023
Dear @inecnigeria, MC Oluomo has NO BUSINESS with the coming election.
Pls don’t be unfortunate.
— Hon Henry Shield (@HonShield) February 8, 2023
[email protected] @ineclagos is not hiding their partisanship. From planning to use Tinubu’s MC Oluomo for Lagos logistics to liking a tweet that calls Peter Obi an opportunist. Also, remember how Lagos REC called the Igbos migrants. Obidients, this election is between us and INEC. pic.twitter.com/xBrZaX0b5J
— Jaypee (@JaypeeGeneral) February 8, 2023
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