Wednesday, 13 March 2019

5 Watertight reasons YDP guber candidate wants C'River elections cancelled

The Gubernatorial candidate of the Young Democratic in Cross River State,Mr. Emmanuel Undie has called for the cancellation of the just concluded governorship elections held in Cross River state.

Undie made this know Monday while addressing pressmen in Calabar, where he urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the officially announced results and conduct a fresh governorship and state House of Assembly elections in the state.

 In his words: "First of all, we would like to say categorically that, in our view, there was no elections in Cross River State, given the few issues of interests that we witnessed. We thought of a free and fair elections, we thought of not disenfranchising voters, we thought of safety, security during the elections as a key factor in a free and fair election, in this case, most of what I just mentioned were absent across the state.

"I want us to make it very, very clear —for YDP Cross River State, from our campaign organisation, we reject whatever happened in Cross River State in this last election, and we want to move ahead to implore INEC to immediately withdraw the results from the public domain and consider whatever solution they must put in place to re-conduct elections in Cross River". 

The Obudu-born politician categorically pointed out that there was no elections in the state, while listing Vote buying, rigging, result manipulation, Militarization of the process, Compromise by INEC officers, Thuggery etc as reasons why the Electoral umpire should cancel the elections. As a result, he declared the elections not to be free and fair.

Continuing, he said "I think that INEC, the state government and as a matter of fact the federal government are supposed to be aware of these issues of interest because they involve the electorates who cannot in themselves protect themselves or provide a secured a secured environment by political parties

According to him, he saw two SUVs Land Cruiser fully loaded with thugs carrying automatic firearms in the hands of unlicensed individuals. He alleged he has evidence of INEC colluded with vested politicians to compromise the electoral process of Saturday 9th March. 

His words, "we have evidence of INEC officers discussing and negotiating payments at a local government collation centre, that's a serious matter; we have evidence of public servants, driving in with government vehicles to negotiate with INEC staff on what their payments will be to get certain favours done for government parties... We have evidence of government vehicles driving in to cart away voting materials, result sheets, etc; we have evidence of at local government levels, INEC officials swapping results, that means the results that were prepared for this election were already handy, whatever what going on in the field was an exercise in futility, exercise declared by them null before it even started. 

He also accused the military for interfering with the electoral process, while drawing attention to an allegation of a YDP agent in Ikom who was prevented from going to his polling units by the military. He said that he saw the police aiding and abetting criminals to compromise the electoral process instead of protecting the citizenry and electorates. 

Undie who told newsmen that he doesn't have faith in the judiciary, however, said  he would seek redress and justice in court. According to him, the judicial system should be able to place a human face to the justice system: "do I trust the court? I don't, I don't trust the court, but, the problem is we represent a demography whose voices are not heard. We don't mind whether the process is successful. On that principle we like to implore the court system to try their best to place a human face to the process".