RERUN POLLS: PETITIONER URGES INEC TO PROBE ‘ELECTORAL FRAUD’ IN ENUGU URBAN CONSTITUENCY
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been urged to investigate the Enugu state Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) Mr Chukwuemeka Chukwu and other officials, over alleged deployment of fake adhoc personnel for the conduct of February 3, 2024 rerun election in Enugu South Urban constituency.
In a petition addressed to the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, the petitioner, the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Mr Bright Ngene, alleged that the REC, the Electoral Officer and others, jointly smuggled in fake adhoc staffers allegedly members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to conduct the election.
Consequently, the LP candidate in his submission recommended that those involved in the electoral fraud if found guilty should be transfered out of Enugu state, among other punishment that would be meted out to them.
Part of the petition read, “With tacit support of REC to EO and Asst. EO (Peter Mercy Olubukolwa Chukwuani) jointly and severally jettisoned the transparent and due process used in recruiting adhoc personnel.
“They abandoned the people that attended three days INEC adhoc training, and recruited unknown people. The E. O. out of his evil intention, and plans refused to paste publicly the list of successful trainees.
“When the EO was confronted, he said that Abuja office for superior reasons decided to do away with the trainees and instead send some personnel from Abuja to conduct the election as adhoc personnel. After wards, it was discovered that the said Abuja personnel’s were actually members of P.D.P. who were all smuggled at the mid night, the eve of the re-run election.”
According to the petition, the 10 corps members were induced with the sum of N50,000 each and warned not to disclose that the BVAS was tampered with and the use PDP members to displace them.“I, therefore, pray that you use your good office to investigate the REC, EO, SPO, Assistant EO have jointly and severally participated in this shameful and monumental act of compromise and corruption.”