‘Don’t manipulate election results’


A group, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, has called on the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, not to allow himself to be used by any cabal to manipulate the final outcome of the presidential election, which held on Saturday and Sunday.

Though CACOL commended Jega on his effort so far in ensuring a free, fair, credible and violence-free election, and for putting all necessary materials in place for the success of the presidential election, it condemned the postponement of the announcement of the election result.

In a statement issued on Monday by its Executive Director, Mr. Debo Adeniran, the group said, “We also commend the efforts of all Nigerians who equally came out in their numbers to vote and also ensure that the election was violence-free despite the threat of violence before the election.

“We however condemn the postponement of the announcement of the election result. INEC chairman had promised the Nigerian people that the election result would be ready 48hrs after the election would have been concluded.”

According to Adeniran, the suspension of the announcement of the election result by the INEC chairman has been arousing suspicion in some quarters that the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, may be up to something sinister.

He said, “We want to warn that any attempt to manipulate or overturn the will of the mass of Nigerians will have great consequence that Nigeria as a country cannot afford at this time. We hereby urge Jega not to pander to the wish of some cabals that may want the status quo to remain against the wish of the Nigerian majority.

“He should not allow himself to be used as a tool in the hand of politicians in manipulating the result, thereby rendering the efforts of Nigerians who went through pains to ensure that a credible leader takes over power comes May 29, 2015.”

SOURCE: The Punch.

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