Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Imo State, Chief Daniel Nwafor, on this interview with EVEREST AMAEFULE says delicate electoral supplies might have been compromised and urged the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee to provide you with new end result paperwork
What’s your response to the postponement of the elections?
Election postponement was a disappointment to me and to most Nigerians. Numerous time, power and sources had been put into working for the election day. As a political social gathering, we needed to mobilise our supporters to come back out to vote. The candidates went out campaigning. Everybody was concerned. The voters had been enthusiastic. So, it got here as a shock to most individuals.
A majority of the folks suppose that it was incompetence on the a part of the federal government. Others suppose that it was a technique by the ruling social gathering to control the method.
I believe it was incompetence on the a part of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee, not the federal government as a result of for the primary time within the historical past of elections, the federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari supplied all funds manner forward of time to INEC. INEC by no means lacked funds. INEC was given the chance to show itself. It had all powers to plan these elections. I believe INEC failed Nigerians.
There have been allegations that there was collaboration between the federal government and the Central Financial institution of Nigeria. The CBN locked its vaults and prevented the supplies from being moved and this was the script of the federal government.
I believe it’s completely false as a result of INEC has admitted that it was partly as a result of logistics; motion of supplies throughout the varied states. It didn’t contain the CBN. When supplies had been obtainable within the states; the CBN warehoused them however the supplies didn’t get to some states on time.
So, it was not a central financial institution situation. The Central Financial institution is extra like a storekeeper for security. The issue, from what INEC stated, was with motion of the supplies throughout states whether or not flying or by way of vans. It was a logistic downside and I believe they failed in that regard.
So, the federal government is totally absolved from all blame within the matter. It was squarely on INEC and the person has taken full duty.
Now that the end result sheets have been uncovered, are you fearful?
For us as a celebration, we demand that INEC most likely introduces new end result sheets. Those that had been uncovered would pose nice hazard. We shouldn’t have confidence that the end result paperwork would stay as intact as they had been speculated to be.
So, we expect that INEC ought to undertake different procedures to most likely convey new end result sheets. The end result sheets have been uncovered and we can’t assure that they’re nonetheless secure and that they might stay secure after the publicity. So, we would like INEC to convey a brand new batch of end result sheets.
You might be campaigning with none settlement between the state governor and your candidate for governorship election. How have you ever been managing the battle?
Within the Imo APC, we’re united behind our governor. We’re united in opposition to the nationwide management of our social gathering led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who tampered with the outcomes from our primaries. He unilaterally modified the candidates, who gained the primaries. That’s the reason we’re in courts and the FCT Excessive Courtroom reaffirmed that the actions of Oshiomhole had been unlawful.
So, with regard to help; the Imo APC had prior to now expelled our governorship candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma. The Imo APC, because it stands now, doesn’t have a candidate for governorship. We’re working our social gathering, supporting all different candidates besides Senator Hope Uzodinma who’s now not a member of our social gathering.
We’re united and we’re in settlement with President Muhammadu Buhari who stated that we must always vote throughout social gathering traces; that we must always vote our conscience throughout tribe and faith. We’re doing simply that. We’re voting the president, not simply the social gathering.
How do you help a presidential candidate who asks his members to vote throughout social gathering traces?
We take it in good stride. We’re voting President Buhari not essentially as a result of he in our social gathering however as a result of he’s a person of integrity. He’s a person that we consider that can restore this nation. He’s within the strategy of rebuilding Nigeria. We’re voting him for who he’s.
So, as a celebration chairman, you might be supporting the candidate of the Motion Alliance?
Once we get to the bridge, we are going to cross it. My job now’s to ship our presidential and Nationwide Meeting candidates. That’s what we’re engaged on now. Once we get to governorship race, we are going to take a call on who the social gathering will help.
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