Ohakim Ex-Gov advises INEC on credible election result

He alleged that results published after last Saturday election in Imo North and Oru East state constituencies, was a rape on democracy.

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A former governor of Imo, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to earn public trust by ensuring it declares correct result after elections.

Ohakim gave the advice in a statement he issued after the July 23 rerun legislative election in Imo North Senatorial District in Owerri on Wednesday.

He alleged that results published after last Saturday election in Imo North, Isiala Mbano and Oru East state constituencies, was a rape on the nation’s democracy.

According to him, if things will continue that way, it means that our democracy is under serious threat.

``The idea of discountenancing the results entered on the relevant INEC forms must be checked.

"This poses dangerous threat to our democracy even more than Boko Haram and the Niger Delta Avengers," he said.

Ohakim called on INEC to fish out and punish those involved in criminal subversion of the peoples’ will during the July 23, rerun election in Imo north.

He stressed the need for INEC to engage another set of personnel to conduct the elections in the 15 booths where supplementary election would be conducted on July 28.

``It is important that the relevant agencies of government take steps to do the right things and declare the right candidates, winners, to avert the consequences of an angry people’’, he said.

Ohakim appealed to INEC, Police, Army, NYSC, NSCDC, and all other Federal institutions involved in election to ensure that its personnel involved in elections abide by the rules

He decried the concealment of collation officials, adding that covering their identities made them tools in the hands of preferred candidates.

He further urged INEC to adequately deploy the card readers in all the polling units, noting that using the machines in some areas while manual registers were used in others was wrong.

The former governor called on parents, especially those whose wards were currently performing their national youths service scheme in Imo to desist from perpetuating any form of electoral malpractices.

``I am calling on NYSC to investigate reported incidents of some individuals impersonating as corps members, in order to be deployed for election duties," he said.

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