Alex Otti, INEC Trade Words Over Abia Election Materials

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the April 11, 2015 gubernatorial election in , Dr. Alex Otti, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of frustrating his efforts to inspect materials used during the poll as ordered by the Governorship Election Petition .

According to him, INEC has continued to give excuses each time his team of forensic experts came to the commission’s headquarters for the inspection, The Punch reported.

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He further alleged that INEC had refused to make the ballot papers used for the elections available at the headquarters for inspection as ordered by the tribunal.

However, INEC counsel, Chief Livy Uzoukwu, denied the allegation, saying that the commission had made available all the materials as contained in the tribunal’s order for inspection.

He said the commission would direct its electoral officers at the counsel headquarters to make the materials, especially the ballot papers, available for inspection.

Counsel for Otti had opposed the idea of inspecting the materials at the counsel headquarters as argued by INEC, contending that it would make the inspection cumbersome. He argued that INEC should assemble the materials at its state headquarters where the tribunal had ordered that the inspection should take place.

This is not the first time and obviously, not the last time, that we will witness issues arising from inspection of election materials after election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has got more than it bargained for this around; and this coming of Muhammadu into power has further compounded their woes.

 It is becoming glaring that elections in the state were massively rigged and the mandate of the people was gravely tampered with. Else, how does one explain the desperate measures being put in place by INEC to frustrate inspection of election materials.

Things may appear cumbersome now, but there will always be “a light at the end of the tunnel”. Another state surely on the way of being dislodged from the hands of the Peoples Democratic Party.



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