Tuesday, 24 November 2020

C'River North by-election: Groups boycott peace pact, accuse INEC of compromise


Ukorebi Esien | 24th November 2020

According to information reaching our news room, via two press Releases, members of Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP and Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC has boycotted the ongoing Peace accord meeting in Ogoja. 

The peace meeting which is a routine by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC before an election, was called by INEC to give all candidates in the December 5th Cross River Northern Senatorial District bye Elections the opportunity to sign a Peace Pact agreeing to ensure there will be no violence before, during and after the election. 

But members of a key organ such as the Inter-Party Advisory Council and Conference of Nigeria Political Parties who usually play vital roles during such events and in the  electoral process have decided to back out of the entire process stating that the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Cross River State has been compromised. 

The two groups are accusing the State REC of accepting favours from one of the candidates  in the forthcoming bye-election in order to rig the election to favour the said candidate. 

Press Release by IPAC 

The Press Statement by CNPP reads thus: 

Ref: CNPP/CRS/P/0234.                                                                                                                                                       24th November, 2020

Following the activities of the Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since his assumption of responsibilities as REC in the State which includes  but limited:
1. The deliberate attempt to rig elections to favor the candidate of a particular political party. 
2. The refusal to display the particulars of the House of Assembly Candidates as stipulated by law
3. The refusal to call for a meeting with political parties since his assumption of responsibilities as REC
4. The refusal to display voters register as required by law
5. To Visiting some persons in high places that compromises his capacity to conduct a free and fair elections.
6. To Compromising in the selection of Adhoc staff for the conduct of the bye elections in Cross River North and Obudu State Constituency. And 
7. And operating a “divide and rule” system among the leadership of Political Parties 
This and many more are the reasons we can not sign a peace accord organized by the REC. 
Accordingly,  the leadership of CNPP feels obligated to inform the general public, Security agencies and the National Leadership of INEC that we do not have confidence that the Cross River REC will conduct a free, fair and credible elections in the 5th December 2020 Senatorial and House of Assembly elections. 
Further, except steps are taken by the leadership of INEC to redeploy the REC and deploy a pragmatic and rational REC with a mandate to conduct a free, fair and credible elections, we shall reject the outcome of any elections conducted by the current REC
God bless  Cross River State.
Sunday Michael                                                                                                  Castro Ezama
State Chairman                                                                                                     Publicity Secretary

Press Release by CNPP