The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has accused
the Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC) of planning to rig the Edo governorship
election in favour of the People’s Democratic Party,
This accusation was contained in a statement
issued by Ibuchukwu Ohabuenyi Ezike, the
Executive Director of the organisation.
The statement reads in full:
“The attention of the Civil Liberties Organisation
(CLO) has been drawn to the surreptitious and
criminal plot of the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC), led by Prof Attahiru Jega, to rig
the ongoing Edo state governorship elections.
“According to reports received from CLO members
in different parts of Edo state, INEC plots to rig the
Edo governorship election in favour of the ruling
People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The reports
received so far from these members indicate that
INEC plans to rig the election through the following
• Removal of the names of voters from the • Deployment of both soldiers and other aggregated security outfits to the state to muscle
electoral registers in the areas where the
incumbent governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has
comparative advantages and mammoth support.
• Delay the arrival of electoral officials and
materials to these same afore-mentioned areas and
encourage the efficient flow of the process in PDP’s
advantage areas, and;
any oppositions to the outcome of the election that may not be in favour of governor Adams
“Governor Oshiomhole had also addressed the media at his polling unit, today, where he spoke
in line with the reports of our members. In his brief address to media men and women,
Oshiomhole warned INEC not to do any funny thing that would cause the electorate not to freely
and willingly express their electoral mandate in line with their consciences.
“He expressed outright disappointment on the integrity of Professor Jega, his INEC and the
national Commissioner- in-charge of the EDO elections, Dr. Ugbani.
“Oshiomhole warned against unlawful disenfranchisement of those who had duly registered as
voters, saying that he would not accept any acts that would cause the truncation of the process.
“CLO is seriously disturbed by INEC’s plot to wreck the EDO governorship elections and the
attendant human rights implications that the crisis would generate. We urge INEC to go back to
its drawing Board and reorganise itself in tune with the provisions of the law, the desires of the
“people and due process. We all know the volatile nature of Edo state and can project the
unpalatable crisis that would trace the outcome of the elections in case the vicious attempt by
the PDP and INEC to rig the election against the desires and expectations of the Edo people
succeed. May God forbid the emergence of another crisis-ridden zone in Nigeria.
“CLO uses this forum to caution and advise governor Oshiomhole and all other former activists
who take sides with reactionary and repressive regimes to crush the genuine and popular
aspirations and desires of the people as were visibly expressed during the campaigns by the
organised Labour to cause respect by the government for the Minimum Wage Law and the
Occupy Nigeria uprisings in January, 2012, by Nigerians against the senseless increase in the
pump price of fuel by the PDP-led federal government.
“We are well aware that Oshiomhole was employed by the Federal Government to work against
the heart desires of the Nigerian people. The same government is paying him in his own coins
today. CLO sincerely wishes that this would serve as a great lesson to all activists who have or
may wish to cross the carpet in future to rethink their position to abandon their traditional
constituency and people for the enemy.
“Lastly, we enjoin all parties to remain calm but be watchful and resist, lawfully, any act that may
cause the abuse of the rule of law and due process or crisis in the state.”
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