Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Atahiru Jega has turned down various requests to change Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) of both Imo and Abia States before this weekend’s rescheduled elections.
Jega who made this position known Tuesday in a briefing in Abuja said “I have no evidence before me to change the RECs in Imo and Abia States.”
Prof Jega also reiterated that elections actually held in Rivers state as against the claim in some quarters that the governorship and state assembly elections won by the PDP did not hold.
Recall that the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, had written to the INEC chairman asking for the replacement of electoral officials in Imo State ahead of this Saturday election.
He threatened that APC may not take part in the election if the commission retains the current INEC team, which he said was “compromised”.
Also the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu called for the removal of the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Celina Oko and the Returning Officer, Prof Benjamin Ozumba before the planned supplementary election will take place.
Ikpeazu complained that: “It is obvious that both the INEC’s Resident Electoral Commission for Abia State, Professor Mrs. Celina Oko and the Returning Officer, Professor Benjamin Ozumba, didn’t hide their bias in declaring the Abia governorship election inconclusive where there is a clear winner with wide margin.”