2015: “You cannot conduct a free and fair election with fraudulent officials” – Ngige tells INEC

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 13th, 2014

9538cc45fd50bc68b107263e2f877863Former Governor of Anambra State and serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chris Nwabueze Ngige, yesterday opined that for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a free, fair and credible election in 2015, fraudulent state Resident Electoral Commissioners must be sackd.

The former governor claimed that most of the states’ RECs were partial and fraudulent, adding that unless these corrupt RECs were removed before the elections next year, INEC will find it difficult to conduct free, fair and credible elections in the country.

He spoke to reporters at his campaign office in Awka, the state capital.

According to him, “My worry in 2015 general election is that INEC will not be able to dispense with corrupt RECs in many states including Anambra State.

“The Osun election succeeded because a petition had been written against the REC in the state and he was removed and another person brought in. This was what we did in Anambra, but INEC didn’t listen to us.

“Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu should leave Anambra State, he is an epitome of corruption, and he has no business conducting any election in Nigeria.

“The INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has to do an in-house cleansing if he wants to get it right in 2015,” the former governor stated.

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