The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it has lost confidence in the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega to conduct free and fair elections following the controversies trailing the conduct of the November 16 governorship election in Anambra State.
The party also declared that the contest was not between it and the ruling party in Anambra State, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), but between the Presidency and APC.
The interim National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made this known yesterday in Abeokuta, during the 2013 annual lecture of the Freelance and Independent Broadcasters’ Association of Nigeria, Ogun State chapter.
The APC spokesman, who delivered a lecture on ‘Nigeria, 53 Years After: Problems and Prospects,’ described the Anambra election as very important and a precursor to the Ekiti, Osun governorship elections in 2014 and 2015 general elections, saying, ”if we don’t get it right now, it portends trouble for Nigeria.
“No amount of mobilisation or registration you do will help you if the umpire remains the INEC. If the treatment you are going to get is the one you got in Anambra. As of today, if INEC chairman can admit that somebody tried to compromise the register in Idemili North, then how are we sure any register anywhere is save?
“If they can compromise election in Idemili North, so they can do also in Ekiti or Ondo. Actually we should be more concerned about INEC than political parties. Political parties are like football teams, they want to win matches but it is for the referee to ensure that every team follows and obeys the rules.
“This is why I think Nigeria has a problem because INEC as we have today, we do not believe has the integrity to conduct any further elections in Nigeria.
“For us in APC, the matter is very clear. Anambra election is not about APC versus PDP or APGA, it is about APC versus the Presidency. Otherwise, how do we explain that PDP, whose candidate was not allowed to vote in that election, will rush to the press and say the election was free and fair?