The Director General of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Balogun Akin Osuntokun has cautioned All Progressives Congress (APC) against wasting public funds on what it described as “baseless protest”.
He also said the “Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to meet citizens’ expectations in spite of the huge resources expended to execute the watershed election”, adding that “the National Chairman of the Commission Prof Mahmood Yakubu should be sacked”.
“It is now only logical, bolstered by the final Observer Group reports, that the International Community take immediate and appropriate punitive action against Prof Mahmud Yakubu, Barrister Festus Okoye and other top administrative and field staff of INEC, directly complicit, in the desecration of these elections.
“We also demand unequivocally, the immediate dismissal from Ofiice and prosecution of Prof Mahmud Yakubu, and the commencement of forensic financial investigation, into the expenditure of budgeted disbursements and Donors’ funds received by INEC.
“Not least of which is the N300 billion appropriated from the National purse, as well as other funds and materials, received from International Donor Agencies,” he stated.
He said this in Abuja at a press briefing where he maintained that the election was yet conclusive as in spite of the fact that the All Progressives Congress APC, candidate has been declared winner and he has assumed the office of the President.
Osuntokun said the European Union Observer Mission in Nigeria deserved to be commended for their doggedness and forthrightness, more so, that they underscored the fact that the election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), fell short of citizens’ expectations.
Osuntokun said the report identified that the credibility of the 2023 election was greatly tarnished by numerous pitfalls and thus the election cannot be said to have been concluded until the legal process has been concluded.
He pointed out that for instance, the report identified that “A significant percentage of the results uploaded to the IReV were unreadable. Furthermore, at the time of publication, INEC had still not uploaded more than 9,000 presidential polling unit results to the IReV and did not clarify how many of these units were canceled”.
The Director General of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation said the international community has fixed its focus on the Nigerian Judiciary after both parties concluded their submission for the verdict and charged the judiciary to do the right thing.
“We advice that those who have deployed hired ‘protesters’ to the offices of the EU, in respect of their election report, desist from any further wastage of public funds, as the objective of intimidation is without basis, and has failed, from the beginning – because indeed, the irregularities in the election, were so excessively glaring, with bitter personal and reported experiences, by the overwhelming majority of Nigerians,” he stated.