Opposition Parties Raise Alarm Over Plot To Sack INEC Chairman

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Opposition political parties, including the PDP, Labour Party (LP), Action Alliance (AA) and others have raised the alarm over an alleged plot to remove the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

In a report that had gone viral in the Social Media, the opposition political parties, also alleged that those plotting to sack Prof. Yakubu had plans to deactivate the Bimodel Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) which makes it difficult for people to rig election.

The group last week Friday stormed the United Kingdom (UK) High Commission, United States of America (USA) as well as European Union (EU) embassies with letters showing evidence of the plot.

While presenting the evidence, the group also alleged of a plot to compromise the Voters’ register tagged Omuma Magic.

The political parties urged the foreign missions to hunt down the conspirators and their families by denying them visas, freezing their assets and arrest them where possible, stressing that the plotters have held Nigeria and its 200 million citizens to ransom over the years.

The political group told the foreign missions that these plotters “perpetuate themselves in office through rigging, deny the people of their democratic choice, loot the common treasury and acquire property across the globe,” stressing that if the fraudulently acquired properties were seized they would learn their lessons.

They further called on the global institutions to keep a closer eye on Nigeria’s transition process, adding that the plot to destabilize INEC can throw Nigeria into crisis, which is capable of conflagration, truncating the democracy and shattering the West African regional peace.

The opposition leaders identified a Governor from the South East as being the kingpin of the plot to undermine next year’s election.

According to them, this South East Governor initiated this underhand moves and sold the idea to the ruling party.

Addressing journalists after their visits to the embassies, the spokesperson of the Opposition Coalition CUPP, which is the umbrella body of opposition parties in Nigeria, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere said that this move is aimed at engendering peaceful, acceptable credible, free and fair election and also to promote national security while promoting the principles of participatory democracy and rule of law.

He expressed belief that the foreign mission can wield enough pressure on the government to do the right thing and allow INEC to independently conduct the elections.

Other opposition party leaders who were at the embassies are; High Chief Peter Ameh from Labour Party, Kenneth Udeze of Action Alliance Party, Rt Hon. Geff Ojinika of Labour Party and Kabiru Yusuf of Arewa Consultative Group.

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