- The call for the arrest of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has again been intensified
- This is as a tough group raised the alarm and alleged that Prof. Mahmood Yakubu is planning to run away from Nigeria after Bola Tinubu’s inauguration
- The Youths for Credible Democrats of Nigeria urged the international community not to approve a visa for Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
Group, Youths for Credible Democrats of Nigeria (YCDN), an association of Nigerian youths, has raised the alarm that the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, is planning to run away from Nigeria after Monday, May 29 handover.
In a statement on Saturday, April 29, in Awka, the national coordinator of the group, Comrade Okeke Chinemelu-Godwin, urged the international community not to approve visa for the INEC boss.
He also asked security agencies to keep their eyes on Prof. Mahmood, so that “he would remain in the country to give account of how the commission, under his watch, organized the most floored general election in the history of Nigeria.”
Keep a close watch on INEC chairman, Group task security agencies
The statement partly reads,
“Plans by the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to run away from Nigeria after May 29 has been uncovered. His plan is to depart from the country to make sure that he would not give evidence before the law court how INEC under him conducted a floored election.”
Hotnewsdrop.com’s regional reporter in Anambra, Mokwugwo Solomon, quoted Okeke as claiming that the election of February 25, 2023, especially the presidential election, was marred by irregularities and violation of the Electoral Act; adding that the 2023 general elections were worst in Nigeria’s history.
“Having conducted a very floored election, Nigerian youths call on security agencies to keep their eyes on the INEC boss to ensure that he did not leave Nigeria until courts finish matters pertaining to the presidential election and other issues.
“It is also our candid suggestion that Prof. Mahmood should be arrested and prosecuted over irregularities in the 2023 elections. He should also be made to account for over N300 billion of the tax-payers’ money handed over to him with the belief that he would give Nigeria a general election of their dreams.
“Arrest and prosecution of the INEC chairman will, of course, serve as deterrent to other public office holders, who ordinarily, will do whatever they like in public offices, thinking that they will always go unpunished.
“The truth is that under the watch of Mahmood Yakubu, INEC blatantly undermined democracy by refusing to transmit results directly from the polling units to its server or website, and announced same, in total violation of the express provisions of section 64, sub-section 4 (a) (b) of the electoral act, 2022.”
Buhari opens up on why Tinubu defeated Atiku, Obi, others
President Muhammadu Buhari has given a reason why the opposition parties lost the 2023 presidential election to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Buhari, in a veiled message, described Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party, who are major oppositions, as victims of over-confidence.
The president said during the electioneering, the APC was working hard to retain power, and the opposition parties were shrouding themselves in overconfidence.
2023 election: Again INEC chairman gets fresh call to resign
Youths under the aegis of the Free Nigeria Movement have reiterated its calls for the arrest of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu over the conduct of the 2023 general election.
The group made the call on Thursday, April 20, at the United Nation office in Abuja to mark the 30th day of its ongoing protest of the polls which was attended by Hotnewsdrop.com.
Speaking shortly after submitting its resolution to the UN, the convener of the group, Moses Paul-Ogidi, insisted that the outcome of the February 25 and March 18 general elections did not meet the expectations of many Nigerians.
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