The Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED) has challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prove its unbiased stand by releasing the total number of permanent voter’s cards collected in the seven polling units slated for supplementary election in Osun State.
INEC will on Thursday conduct a re-run election in four local governments. In a statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Comrade O’Seun John, on Tuesday, AIED raised concern over the independence of the commission amidst the allegations of complicity by its officials.
It reads: “We are deeply concerned about the allegations surrounding the conduct of the Saturday September 22nd Governorship election in Osun State. While we praise the electorates for embarking on a peaceful exercise, allegations against INEC as being unbiased are too heavy to be overlooked. “INEC is the most powerful institution in Nigeria, far more powerful than the office of the President because it holds the key to whatever form or shape the presidency takes. It is therefore a greater threat to national security if the commission is seen to be favourable to a particular political party or individual.
“Seeing an official of the commission on national television confessing to an offence of destroying document of the commission capable of manipulating the outcome of the election is saddening. “While we wish to believe that the said official and his supervisor acted alone, we urge INEC to release forthwith, the details of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC) collected in the seven polling units in a display of transparency and fairness.
“This is of utmost importance as such move will erase any thoughts of a planned manipulation between the commission and the ruling party,” the statement added.