The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reiterated its resolve to conduct the gubernatorial and house of assembly elections this Saturday, March 9, notwithstanding the protest by the members of the All Progressives Congress, calling for its postponement.
APC had on Thursday, March 7, during a protest at INEC headquarters accused the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr. Emeka Ononamadu, of removing the party’s gubernatorial candidate’s name, Senator Ayogu Eze, from the list of contestants.
But speaking after the protest, Ononamadu stated that no amount of intimidation or blackmail against it will stop the conduct of the gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections in Enugu State on Saturday.
The REC said: “No amount of allegation, intimidation or blackmail will make INEC Enugu to lose sight in conducting the election on Saturday. Our election is not negotiable, it’s going ahead and we are ready to conduct free, fair and credible election.
“We will not sit down and watch any individual’s right to be trampled on. We must protect rights of our people, protect our democracy and protect our country; so credible election must take place in Enugu.”
He added that everyone should realize that power belongs to the people and that it is the people who determine persons that govern them. “So we are behind the people of Enugu,” he noted.
On the level of INEC’s preparedness, Ononamadu disclosed that the commission had moved the election materials to INEC area offices in all the 17 local government areas of the state, adding that the commission would start moving the materials to RAC by 10am on Friday, March 8.
The REC said that refresher training for supervisory presiding officers is ongoing, and that adhoc staff’s refresher training and head count would commence tomorrow by 6am.
Earlier during the protest, the chairman of APC in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye, had alleged that INEC refused to allow his party to inspect sensitive materials. He added that the commission gave permission to PDP to access the materials at CBN.
Nwoye said that APC will not allow election to hold in Enugu as, according to him, “we are not sure if INEC will deliver credible election in Enugu.”