Ex-minister Chidoka: INEC is a monumental disgrace.
By: Peace Adisa
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has come under fire from Osita Chidoka, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for how the 2023 presidential election was conducted.
During an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Sunday, Chidoka made a statement.
Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the winner of the February Presidential election, but the PDP and Peter Obi’s Labour Party (LP) had challenged that result, requesting that the court void his victory on the grounds that INEC had not, among other things, transmitted the results in real time to the election portal.
However, The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT), ruled that INEC was free to send results in whatever way it deemed appropriate.
Despite the fact that the court dismissed the appeal and upheld Tinubu’s victory, Chidoka accused the electoral authority of breaking its pre-election promise to relay the results in real time.
“INEC is an enormous embarrassment”. In response to INEC’s inability to electronically transmit election results in real-time. He declared, “INEC is a body I am ashamed to be connected with as a Nigerian”.
He claimed that this is as a result of “the promises INEC made with the Anambra, Ekiti, and Osun [governorship] elections”.
“I spoke on this program and demanded independent third-party inspection of the INEC system so that we could be certain that nothing that would occur on election day would cause a malfunction. The INEC claimed there was a malfunction on election day, according to the former aviation minister.