The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has berated the Presidency for attempting to assume the role of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), by describing the rerun election to the Imo House of Assembly in Oguta as inconclusive.
National Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Wednesday said it was not the Presidency’s job to determine whether the election was “inconclusive” or marred by “violence and irregularities”.
ACN said, “To the best of our knowledge, it is either the candidates or the parties involved in an election that can take a legal recourse over any perceived irregularities. It therefore baffles us that the Presidency has rushed to declare the election inconclusive and marred by rigging, and to call for the prosecution of those involved, simply because its preferred candidate lost.
“According to the information at our disposal, INEC cancelled the results in eight of the 232 polling booths for one reason or the other. That is less than four per cent of the total number of booths, and it is definitely not enough to make an election ‘inconclusive’, as the Presidency did by assuming the role of an umpire.”