The coalition of twenty four civil society organisations, United for Good Governance and Electoral Integrity in Nigeria has expressed worry over alleged clandestine activities by some desperate politicians, compromised judicial authorities, unscrupulous personal of the electoral umpire and hostile foreign actors to destabilise Nigeria before, during and after the 2019 presidential elections.
The group also accused desperate politicians of plans to hack the website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cause crisis in the country during the 2019 general elections.
The group comprises of Anti-corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI), represented by it executive secretary Chief Dennis Aghanya; Source of Hope Foundation, represented by Aliyu Jibrin; CEED represented Raymond Enoch Nyayiti; Nigeria Young Women Political and Policy Forum (NYWPF) represented by Hajia Hidayat Marshal; Women of Purpose Development Education and Development represented by Mabel Onwuemele, Mrs. Betty Olatunde, and Emeka Betgram expressed this yesterday during a media briefing held in Abuja.
According to the group, some politicians have been forced to pay back the money that they had looted during their time in public offices and these groups of people are now doing everything they could within their power to make sure that 2019 general elections are in favour of their candidate.
“We have also learnt of a growing cadre of unscrupulous electoral officers who have bowed to all sorts of filthy inducements and stand ready to throw a spanner in the cogs of credible and fair polls and create disaffection likely to engender violence”, it alleges.
The group noted that these people hire foreign political strategists to blackmail the country and the forthcoming general elections through procurement of adverse publications in foreign media which are then echoed endlessly by local outlets.