A civil society group, Consumer Rights Project (CRP), has urged the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, to personally supervise the supplementary election scheduled to hold on Saturday in Abia State.
CRP, a non-governmental organisation committed to the protection and promotion of rights of consumers as well as the entrenchment of good governance in Nigeria, was a local observer of the April 11 state elections in the South- East of the country.
The group, in a statement by its Executive Secretary, Onu Eke Uche, expressed dismay with the high level of brigandage, rigging and violence that characterised the elections, especially in Imo and Abia states.
“Our investigations showed that the role played by security agencies particularly the army and the international observers in some states like Abia was nothing, short of being biased and compromised in the process with the aim to tinker with the results of the election.
“The opposition, it was alleged, masterminded the intimidation and oppression of voters. It is our strong belief that INEC headquarters in Abuja under Prof. Jega should either personally supervise the rescheduled supplementary election on Saturday or send credible, trustworthy and non-partisan national commissioners to take over from the resident commissioner and the returning officer in the state to give more credibility and acceptability to the outcome of the election.