Friday Olokor, Abuja
A civil rights organisation, Transition Monitoring Group expressed fears over the conduct of political events in the direction of officers of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee, with a requirement that they need to “desist from heating up the polity forward of the elections rescheduled for February 23, 2019.”
“Nigeria is simply too fragile to enter a full-scale battle. We, due to this fact, name on all Nigerians to take care of peace and shun violence for the sake of Nigeria,” it suggested.
The TMG additionally demanded a common audit of the logistic and operational processes of INEC after the elections and a panel to analyze its programs and processes.
The demand for an audit, it stated, was to stop future elections postponement, including that Nigeria’s electoral system must be skilled sufficient to keep away from the form of hiccups that had step by step been defining the electoral processes of the nation.
The TMG in a press release issued on Tuesday by its Chairperson, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, stated it was involved concerning the makes an attempt by politicians to break the credibility of a few of INEC Nationwide Commissioners who over time had confirmed themselves as worthy ambassadors of Nigeria.
“We’re extra involved particularly, concerning the petition submitted by the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Akwa Ibom chapter, calling for the elimination of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini, for alleged partisanship and different sundry offences forward of the final polls within the nation,” it stated.
The TMG, due to this fact, known as on political events’ gladiators to “desist from additional heating up the polity with the quite a few allegations being peddled towards INEC officers and safety businesses over their compromise and affiliation with one political get together or the opposite”.
The assertion reads: “The REC, Igini has since refuted these allegations, to be clear. Nonetheless, these allegations deserve unfathomable scrutiny from the authorities, if Nigerians are to get a way of closure from the horrible occasions of the latest previous when politicians subverted the democratic decisions and aspirations of Nigerians by means of whimsical political gimmicks to achieve electoral benefit.
“However, the decision for the elimination and probe of REC Igini and different INEC high officers few days to the final elections on unfounded allegations would solely quantity to a shady scheme to undermine the credibility of the electoral course of and pointless meddling within the affairs of INEC by the ruling get together and opposition.