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Imo North Rerun: Group Issues 14-Day Ultimatum To INEC

Posted: May 31, 2016 at 6:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Anolu Vincent

Owerri – Amidst growing anxiety and apprehension trailing the non-conduct of re-run for the Imo North Senatorial District by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), a Non-Governmental organization (NGO), Citizens Centre for integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the electoral body to carry out the exercise.

Executive Director of the organization, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, who gave the directive while briefing newsmen in Owerri, warned that the body (CCIDESOR) would be constrained to mobilise all eligible voters in the area to take necessary steps within the ambits of the law to compel the Commission to meet its demand if it fails to do so at the expiration of the period of the ultimatum.

Ononamadu, whose briefing was anchored on the topic, “Restoring the Democratic Rights of Okigwe People” also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that no part of the country stays without representatives and that the right of the people should be of paramount interest to the federal government.

The human rights campaigner cum social crusader noted that the Imo North (Okigwe) senatorial district does not have any history of political or electoral violence, arguing that for the security platform, led by the Imo State Police Command, to allege that they are unable to conduct a rerun in only six LGAs that make up the zone is an indictment of incapacity and playing politics with the rights and future of the people.

He said: “This is the same zone that was adjudged as one of the areas that had the most peaceful election in 2015. We are aware that even in the heat of Boko Haram insurgency, the Nigerian security was able to hold elections in the entire North East including IDPS, but in Okigwe where there is no terrorism, insurgency or any known insecurity, election into senate has been indefinitely suspended due to alleged security issues.”

Ononamadu also observed that INEC had since the suspension of the election in Imo North Senatorial District conducted elections in more difficult terrains like Kogi, Bayelsa, Rivers, Osun and Edo states, stressing that the continued inability of the commission to hold the senate position rerun election is tilting towards the same treatment meted to Oguta people by the same INEC among other LGAs in the country.

“We are not interested in who wins or who loses but that the people should be represented because the right to elect representatives is a fundamental right of Imo North citizens and this is not negotiable.

He added: “We do not want our people to continue to lose hope in INEC or to think that INEC is playing out a script of some people but want our people to be represented as others are being represented.”

Ononamadu, therefore, advised INEC to conduct the rerun election without further delay to accord the people a sense of belonging and to maintain absolute neutrality by not acceding to the request of any of the political parties and to rely on the nation’s electoral law and constitution in doing so.