…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media.
The Labour Party (LP) has called for the immediate dismissal of Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), along with Festus Okoye, the INEC Federal Commissioner in charge of voter education.
In a statement released by the Labour Party Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation, the party accused the two officials of leading the commission in desecrating the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
The statement further alleged that INEC misused the funds provided by the government and international bodies intended for the smooth execution of the general elections.
Manipulation of Election Results and Preferred Candidate
The Labour Party campaign organization claimed that INEC spent a significant amount of taxpayers’ money on the deployment of the Biometric Voter Authentication System (BVAS) and other technological innovations for the 2023 polls.
However, it accused INEC of manipulating the results manually to impose their preferred presidential candidate on the Nigerian people.
The statement called for the immediate sacking and prosecution of Yakubu and Okoye for their alleged crimes.
Demand for Forensic Financial Investigation and International Sanctions
The Labour Party Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation demanded a forensic financial investigation into the billions of naira disbursed and donated to INEC by the government and international community.
The organization urged these entities to sanction the accused officials for their alleged wastefulness and criminal compromise of the presidential election.
The statement expressed disappointment over INEC’s disregard for technological advancements and its attempt to suggest that manual collation of results may suffice, rendering previous technological improvements useless.
Comparison to Adamawa REC Prosecution
Drawing attention to the prosecution of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa state, the statement argued that if the REC could face legal consequences, then Mahmood and Okoye should face even harsher punishment for their alleged greater crimes.
The Labour Party has taken a firm stance, demanding the immediate removal of Professor Yakubu Mahmood and Festus Okoye from their positions within INEC.
Accusing them of desecrating the 2023 presidential election, the party claims that INEC misused funds and manipulated election results to impose their preferred candidate.
The party also calls for a forensic financial investigation and international sanctions.
By drawing attention to the prosecution of a REC in Adamawa state, the Labour Party emphasizes the severity of the alleged crimes committed by Mahmood and Okoye.
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