ACN slams presidency over reaction to Oguta election

The opposition party accused the presidency of usurping the functions of INEC.

The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN has slammed the presidency for what it said are attempts to usurp the role of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC by describing the re-run election to the Imo House of Assembly in Oguta as inconclusive.

In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said it was up to INEC to determine whether the election was ‘inconclusive’ or marred by ‘violence and irregularities’, not the presidency.

”To the best of our knowledge, it is either the candidates or the parties involved in an election that can take a legal recourse over any perceived irregularities. It therefore baffles us that the presidency has rushed to declare the election inconclusive and marred by rigging, and to call for the prosecution of those involved, simply because its preferred candidate lost,” the statement said.

President Goodluck Jonathan had declared the election inconclusive while addressing some former senators on Tuesday.

“Those who made it impossible for the rerun election in Oguta to be conclusive must be brought to book. We must make it clear that impunity in the perpetration of violence and irregularities during elections will no longer be tolerated. Sanctions, promptly imposed on guilty persons, will deter others from engaging in such acts in future,” Mr. Jonathan was quoted as saying by his spokesman, Reuben Abati.

The ACN has now faulted the president’s claim.

”According to the information at our disposal, INEC cancelled the results in eight of the 232 polling booths for one reason or the other. That is less than 4% of the total number of booths, and it is definitely not enough to make an election ‘inconclusive’, as the presidency did by assuming the role of an umpire,” it said.

ACN also accused the presidency of being selective in its quest for the prosecution of those who rig or engage in violence during elections, wondering where the presidency was when the last Ondo State gubernatorial election was marred by massive rigging and violence.

”Let’s be clear: It is not the business of the presidency to pronounce any election inconclusive or marred by violence. That is the business of INEC. The presidency is wrong in trying to pre-empt INEC, simply because the PDP candidate lost the election to the Okorocha faction of APGA. Would the presidency have raised the alarm if the victor had come from the Obi faction of APGA? Why didn’t the presidency speak up over the Ondo State Governorship election that was marred by massive violence and rigging? Is it because its favoured candidate won?

”We are the undisputed advocate of free and fair elections, one man, one vote and of peaceful conduct of polls. But we will not support selective perception, as the presidency is now doing. There must be no sacred cows. Whoever perpetrates rigging or violence must be brought to justice, whether or not they belong to the ruling/favoured parties,” the party said.

It said the presidency is jittery because it is afraid that the outcome of the election in Oguta may be a referendum on the leadership of President Jonathan and a sign of things to come.

”The presidency should be prepared for more of the drubbing they received in Oguta, because henceforth, that is what will happen to the PDP in subsequent elections. It is a sign of things to come, hence the presidency is right to be jittery. But what it has no right to do is to usurp the role of election umpire or assume the role of a political party,” the ACN said.


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  • Mani_Kay

    The re-run elections in Oguta have finally exposed the fact that elements of the yet to be registered Buhari/Tinubu APC including Rochas Okorocha are the barons of election rigging in Nigeria. Their Oguta rigging was so massive that the Election Observers unanimously declared the election null and void; the worst in Nigeria’s history. They did this even before a visibly embarrassed INEC came out to confirm their observation. I have reports that INEC staff were visibly shaken and confounded at the extent of the rigging schemes put in place by elements of APC. I am not surprised because I recall that these dubious elements now ganging up under APC are the same persons that recruited disgraced Justice Salami to help them get favorable election results at the Appeal Courts. This face saving statement by Liar Mohammed will not clean up the mess APC have made of themselves in the Oguta re-run election. Let them bury their dead. On a brighter note, I am delighted to report that both the Election Observers and natives of Oguta declared PDP innocent of the irregularities that marred the Oguta re-run election. This may have contributed in drawing the quick attention of the President to the situation especially given the President’s well known principled stand against election rigging and violence. The President merely commented on situation reports coming in from Oguta; what is wrong with that? Only the mindless low brains in the APC gang up will interpret the Presidents mere comments (that came many hours after the media had gone to town with the situation in Oguta) as a declaration.

    • Es3

      Mani_Kay,
      Do not mind Lai Mohammed and his ACN’s APC???! It is not just the President’s principled stand on issue of elections as my monitoring of the elections had already reported on the elections being declared by INEC as inconclusive! I confrmed that myself from the radio stations reports long before the President had course to express his concern as he did!
      It is only expected and proper that the president should express his disappointment and anger over the shamelessness of fraudsters party called APC!

  • Anthony

    Shame on ACN A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ the so called APC . Foolish party that Ȋ̝̊§ thinking δf rigging election I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ this Era. Rochase knows that ♓Ε̲̣̣̣̥ Ȋ̝̊§ on his own as long as SE Ȋ̝̊§ concern because we Α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ ₪o† muslims