A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Former Chairman of the Body of Benchers, Chief O.C.J Okocha has scored the Independent National Electoral Commission low in the February 25th Presidential and National Assembly elections.
According to the Learned Silk, he was disenfranchised of voting in Saturday’s election and blamed INEC for poorly managing the electoral process.
In his words, “When I got to my polling unit, I brought out my PVC and gave the INEC woman my number. She put the number on the BVAS machine and said she could not find my name.
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I went back home and stayed at home throughout.”
He added, “It was later in the afternoon, one of my village men called me and said there is another BVAS machine that was with the lady and it contained the names of people from N-Z, while the first one had A-N.”
Okocha SAN who holds the award of Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS) and Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) lampooned INEC’s conduct of the election.
He said, “INEC has always been known to bungle our elections. They have done it three times in the past and they have done it again.”
He further condemned the declaration of results from areas where elections allegedly did not hold.
“I heard they said those who were not allowed to vote, should come back to vote. When and how? Sadly, they gave gone ahead to declare results from areas where people did not vote either because materials did not arrive on time or because they did not arrive at all.”
He also noted regrettably that despite all of INEC’S assurances, the process was not credible, free and fair.
“It is clearly obvious to me that INEC was not ready or they had some secret agenda.”
“When they are declaring results from where voting did not hold, and when a lot of persons were disenfranchised, how can the results be verifiable and reliable?” The Learned Silk wondered.