The Labour Party has concluded its assessment of the February 25th presidential election and has called for the sack of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmud Yakubu.
In a press conference, the party’s director general, Akin Osuntokun, said that the election was “fraught with irregularities and electoral malpractice.”
He praised the several electoral monitoring bodies, including the European Union Election Observer Mission, for their reports on the election, which he said “aligned with the general belief among Nigerians.”
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In a press conference addressed by the Director General of the Presidential Campaign Committee, Akin Osuntokun, the party released its report in a 36-paragraphed press statement titled “THE FINAL ELECTION OBSERVER REPORTS: A VINDICATION OF A HEAVILY COMPROMISED ELECTION”, through which it thanked Nigerians for their unwavering electioneering process, the announcement of results, and subsequent conduct after the untoward action of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Labour Party’s call for Yakubu’s sack comes after the INEC chairman was criticized for his handling of the election. In particular, Yakubu has been accused of failing to address the widespread reports of vote-buying and other irregularities.
The Labour Party’s assessment of the election is a significant development, as it is one of the first major parties to release a detailed report on the poll. The party’s findings are likely to add to the pressure on INEC and the government to take steps to improve the electoral process in Nigeria.
The report, which can be accessed on the Council’s Twitter handle, hailed the judiciary process so far and stated that the party’s candidate has concluded its petition and awaits the judiciary to carry out the requisite process of revalidating the belief of the people as the last hope of the common man.
Text Of Press Conference By The Labour Party And Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation Addressed By The Director General Balogun Akin Osuntokun On The Final Election Observer Reports: A Vindication Of A Heavily Compromised Electionhttps://t.co/vyKhOylgB6 pic.twitter.com/5l5pPyZW7l— LabourPartyNG (@NgLabour) July 13, 2023