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Uwajimogu: CSOs attack INEC

…say commission now threat to democracy

By Jude Orji, Owerri

Cross sections of Civil Society Organisations in Imo State on Sunday carpeted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for withholding Certificate of Return of the Senator-elect of Imo North Senatorial District, Ben Uwajimogu.

The CSOs, led by Conscience Nigerians called on international community’s intervention on the issue, stressing that withholding is unacceptable for any reason.

A statement signed by Convener of the Coalition and its Secretary, Johnson Omede and Danielson Momoh respectively, said INEC is not a court of law.

The statement read, “The various outcomes of the 2019 elections have revealed a dangerous trend in which the Independent National Electoral Commission¬† (INEC) has illegally expanded its reach and constituted itself as a threat to our democracy, appropriating the power of the judiciary unto itself. INEC is not a court of law.

“Therefore, in order to quickly avert this emerging danger, the civil society, Nigerians and indeed the international community must quickly rise up to prevent the commission from undermining our electoral process and overreaching itself. This is unacceptable.

“The case of Imo North Senatorial District, where¬† Senator Ben Uwajimogu was returned elected as a Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria on March 9, 2019, in a supplementary election, but subsequently denied a certificate of return by the commission, has added to other illegal and extra-electoral meddlesomeness of INEC across the country.

“Unfortunately, while INEC is yet to issue the Senator-elect his certificate of return, other candidates and their political parties in the poll, have gone ahead to challenge his victory at the Tribunal, in what could qualify as a case of double electoral-jeopardy.

“Nobody should suffer this kind of electoral oppression in a democracy. It is unfair and unjust.”

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