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CLO urges INEC to save Enugu from preventable crisis

From Geoffrey Anyanwu, Enugu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been called upon to save Enugu State from a preventable crisis by firmly resolving the logjam encountered in the governorship election in the state on Saturday.

The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), South East Zone, which made the call in Enugu on Monday, stated that the organisation has noted with dismay that INEC State Returning Officer, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) and other actors in the Commission “are being pressured to thwart the peoples’ will.”

The remarks come on the heels of the suspension of further collation of results for the governorship election by the electoral body.

In a statement released in Enugu by the Chairman, South East Zone, Aloysius Attah, CLO said “incontrovertible evidence from the outcome of the polls has shown that the majority people of Enugu State spoke in loud voices with their votes on whom they want to represent them in government starting from the Presidential/National Assembly polls till last Saturday when they re-echoed their stance once more by ensuring that Labour Party maintained the majority in House of Assembly and in various local government results for the governorship elections.”

The organisation urged INEC to resist any form of pressure or inducement in accepting what it called the evidently flawed results procured from Nkanu East local government area and therefore save the commission and its agents from public odium and disgrace with its attendant consequences which might literally set Enugu state on fire.

The statement further reads, “Tension is building up already across different parts of the state by the restive youths who are not taking chances these days in allowing their mandate to be stolen by any political actor or parties. The desperation to take power by hook or crook being exhibited by some forces leaves much to be desired while those who read the signs of the present times don’t need any prophet or seer to tell them that things have changed.

“It is our unshaken position that input legitimacy should not be toyed with at any time in the democratic process as the process through which a public official emerges into public office is very much vital as to also what the public person does in office after getting power.

“Subverting the peoples’ will in a brazen manner and resorting to the provocative slogan ‘If not satisfied, go to court’ will not be accepted anymore in Enugu State and henceforth in the entire South East region. The people deserve the kind of a leader they gave their consent to, through the democratic process of voting and no more shall they be deprived of this their guaranteed democratic rights.

“To do the contrary poses serious danger to the society and we implore INEC and other desperate politicians to avoid setting Enugu state on fire by their actions or inactions. Let the outcome of the final result be a reflection of the wish of the electorates who braved all odds to come out and exercise their franchise.”

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