Labour Party has described conduct of last Saturday’s gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections as the worst ever conducted in Nigeria’s history.
According to the Labour Party, it has watched with trepidation what it called the ongoing rape of democracy in Nigeria as being supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
A statement issued by the National Chairman of the party, Julius Abure, said the INEC led by Mahmood Yakubu has clearly proved to the world that the outcome of the February 25 Presidential Election which denied the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, the victory which Nigerians graciously gave him was not a ‘glitch’ as infamously claimed but a well-orchestrated plot to favour a particular political party and candidate.
“What transpired on Saturday across the nation was a complete sham as serious thuggery, violence and suppression of voters prevailed unchecked. People were prevented from going to vote for candidates of their choice, especially when they perceived you are supporting the opposition party. There were also incidents of ballot snatching, intimidation of voters and high levels of vote buying. These electoral crimes were very visible in Rivers, Lagos, Enugu, Edo, Delta, and several other states.
“There was also a high level of voter apathy apparently because people have lost faith in the electoral process. They sincerely believe that it was not worth it after what happened on February 25, where the mandate given to the LP was stolen. People believed that their votes would not count anymore. So INEC has succeeded in mismanaging all the gains that we have made in the electoral reforms.
“The Rivers state government used the state officials to harass voters. In Enugu, one of our supporters was shot and the entire Enugu North senatorial zone was invaded by thugs. In Lagos, the APC-sponsored thugs invaded polling units where our candidate has huge supporters. In Edo state, the thugs had a free day, unleashing maximum violence. It was very chaotic across the nation and it is very unfortunate.
“Security agencies looked the other way when there was violence. It is very apparent that even security agencies were equally compromised. We are very far from true democracy. The wishes and aspirations of the people have been defeated. What we have in Nigeria is a civilian dictatorship.
“We therefore condemn the entire process and called for the cancellation of results from the polling units where voter intimidation and other forms of the crisis were witnessed.
“We also call on President Muhammadu Buhari to rein in the Inspector General of Police to fish out all the officers that have compromised the elections and mete appropriate sanctions,” the party stated.