Upturning Rivers Guber Poll Not Enough, Electoral Offenders Must Be Jailed – NHRC

Chidi OdinkaluThe Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, has called for the prosecution of those responsible for electoral offences during the 2015 governorship election in Rivers State.

The NHRC boss was reacting to Saturday’s ruling of the Rivers State Election Petitions Tribunal, which nullified the election of Nyesom Wike as Rivers State Governor and ordered a rerun within 90 days.

Odinkalu, however, noted that the tribunal ruling – that a fresh election be conducted – was not enough.

He maintained that those behind the violence at the polls should be unmasked and prosecuted.

Odinkalu, in a series of tweets via his official Twitter handle, on Sunday, asked the Federal Government to ensure that those engaged in electoral malpractices at the governorship poll, face the wrath of the law.

He said, “In May 2015, the NHRC recommended 117 persons for prosecution over crimes of electoral impunity.

“In one week, Nigerian courts have nullified two governorship election results in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states. We must ensure that those responsible go to jail.

“Electoral fraud doesn’t just happen; people do it. Wherever elections are nullified by the courts, someone should be held accountable”.