The Labour Party has described the conduct of yesterday’s gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections as the worst election ever conducted in Nigeria’s history.
According to the party, it has watched with trepidation the ongoing rape of democracy in Nigeria as being supervised by INEC.
A statement issued by the national chairman of the party, Barr Julius Abure, said the INEC led by Prof Mahmood Yakubu had 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 today 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 perceive 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 believe that their votes will not count anymore. So INEC has succeeded in mismanaging all the gains that we have made in the electoral reforms.