Don’t shift battle field to INEC collation centre, group urges politicians
Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, MMWG has called on politicians that contested in the just concluded presidential election and their supporters not to turn the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC National Collation Centre to a battle-field where the commission is harassed or intimidated since it’s not a contestant but an umpire.
Rather, it enjoined them to abide by the agreement signed under the Peace Accord spearheaded by the former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and his team.
The group, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, believes, would help in sustaining democracy in Nigeria and promote peace and progress in the country.
Reacting to the interruption of INEC Election Results Declaration by some interested parties at the National Collation Centre on Sunday in Abuja, MMWG described the action as destructive and condemnable; adding that the INEC was following the official process of election declaration as contained in the Electoral Laws.
It, therefore, called on anyone or group with genuine complaints to raise it there peacefully or at the court of law.
The group called the attention of security agencies to the destructive interference of result declaration process of last Sunday and advised them to be alert by taking absolute control of the proceedings at the National Collation Centre to ensure that such destructive attempt is henceforth nipped in the bud.
It commended INEC for doing a good job, stating that this year’s election has been seamless, good and transparent.
MMWG affirmed that with the nation moving to 72 hours after the conclusion of the election, all political parties and their flag-bearers now have the whole results as conveyed to them by their parties agents and they are only waiting for the INEC official declaration which must not be delayed any longer.
“Let no loser shift the battle-field from polling units to Collation Centre, please. As Orubebe drama failed in 2015, so will Melaye gimmick would fail this 2023, In Shaa Allah.
“Reports that an opposition party and their collaborators are working on using court order to stop the declaration process shows how desperate some contestants are. This means that they are not for Better Nigeria but only interested in their selfish ambitions. No responsible court will grant such an order,” the group stressed.
It finally called on the INEC to declare the balance of the entire results today, as the group warned on the consequences of its further delay stating that no individual or group interest is greater than that of entire citizens of this country.
“Nigerians are anxious to know their president-elect without further delay, the group stated.
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