THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has come under fire from Osita Chidoka, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on how the 2023 presidential election was conducted.
Chidoka made the statement yesterday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
Recall that Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the victor in the Febuary 2023 elections 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.
The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal (PEPT), however, 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 deliver the results in real time.
“INEC is a monumental disgrace. INEC is an organisation I am ashamed to be associated with as a Nigerian,” he said while in response to the INEC’s inability to electronically transmit election results in real-time.
He said this is because of “the promises INEC made with the Anambra, Ekiti, and Osun (governorship) elections”.
“I came on this programme and called for third-party verification of the INEC system so that we are sure that on election day what is going to happen that day would not lead to a glitch. On election day, INEC said there was a glitch,” the former Aviation minister said.