INEC declaration on Zamfara is a Sham
By Abel Udoekene
“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity” – W. Clement Stone
The shambolic Osun State Governorship re-run election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not only dent the integrity of INEC but had raised serious concerns on whether INEC was capable of overseeing a free, fair and credible election in 2019.
As a reporter who was at Osun State to witness the re-run elections, I was greeted with tears and disappointment from most international observers who had concluded that the action of INEC in Osun State confirmed their fears that no election can ever take place in Nigeria without government interference.
According to a French journalist who spoke with me on Wednesday, the International community has lost faith in INEC to conduct a credible election in Nigeria.
She noted that many leaders from the International community view the Zamfara APC saga as a little drama to divert the attention of Nigerians from the real issue and raise the confidence of Nigerians on INEC.
“Without a credible electoral process, Nigeria cannot grow. INEC and relevant agencies must work hard to strengthen the electoral process in Nigeria” she noted.
“The issue of Zamfara State is a sham, I don’t think Nigerians will buy into it, INEC will shift their ground at the right time, the little drama is just to water down the storm from Osun State re-run election”
The prospect of having a credible election in 2019 are truly daunting but irrespective of what anybody would say INEC has not done well, they need our constructive criticism to change the narrative and give us a credible election in 2019.
We need more than a shambolic declaration by INEC to give us the confidence that the sham that happened in Osun State will not repeat itself in 2019