From Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was messing up democracy in Nigeria with its handling of elections under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
The governor, who described the postponement of the Rivers State rerun elections and the alleged manipulation of the Imo North Senatorial election as another dangerous signal of what to come in 2019, asked how an INEC that could not conduct elections conclusively in one state would be able to conduct elections in the entire country in 2019.
In a statement issued yesterday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor reiterated his fear that, “democracy in Nigeria is being threatened by INEC and this should call for national and international reflection.
“Lovers of democracy in Nigeria and the entire world should be worried that after conducting inconclusive elections in Rivers State in March, INEC postponed conclusion of the elections twice.
“INEC had on June 20 after a meeting with relevant stakeholders, fixed June 30 as new date for the conclusion of the polls.
“However, the electoral commission postponed the elections for the second time, claiming reports of violence, and one wonders how INEC will be able to conduct elections in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory in 2019 if it has not been able to conclude elections in Rivers State in four months”
Speaking further, the governor said President Buhari should be worried that since he assumed office, all elections conducted by INEC ended inconclusive, adding it should be clear to the president and his party men that absence of free, fair and credible electoral process is a direct invitation to anarchy.