INEC fixes March 23rd for rerun contests
By Tasie Theodore
Concern is mounting across Nigeria over the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC that several of the governorship election contests conducted last week were inconclusive.
While the polls process in Rivers State was suspended, that of Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Sokoto and Plateau were declared inconclusive.
Miffed by this outcome, many commentators are outraged with their comments ranging from accusing the election umpires of incompetence to charging them as being willfully complicit in an inexplicable game that could have very unsavoury consequences on Nigeria’s overall democratic process, if not checked.
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party for example is pointedly accusing INEC of setting the stage to ensure that the final outcome is significantly altered in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, basing its position on the fact that almost all of the affected states had the PDP leading before the processes were truncated.
INEC has fixed September 23rd as its new date to conduct the supplementary polls in the affected states.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu