INEC bungles prospects of over $1bn budget for election – Obi

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*Obi, Yakubu

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, said his trust in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has eroded following its abysmal conduct of the February 25 presidential and national assembly polls.

Obi who spoke as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise programme yesterday, said the commission failed woefully despite the over N1 billion budgeted for the election.

He said the electoral body was high on promises but low on delivery adding that the first round of the elections was an “exhibition of motion without movement in the nation’s political trajectory.”

Obi berated the commission for its failure to transmit results of the presidential election in real-time via its portal, saying the conduct of the exercise downgraded the country.

“We have seen probably what I consider the worst election in our recent history because of the Electoral Law of 2022, which gave so much hope and the huge expenditure we put into technology.

“All these happened despite the humungous amount budgeted for the election. Do you know what it means to spend over $1 billion? So, there was so much that was promised and then we went back to what it used to be. For me, that is very devastating.”

“My trust in INEC has evaporated with what they did on February 25, setting out a rule for the election and abandoning it in the middle of the game,” Obi said.

However, Obi expressed his confidence in judiciary despite the many controversial rulings on some matters in the past.

He said his confidence was informed by the fact that the justices are Nigerians and are aware of how bad the situation has been in the country.

“They, the Justices, desire a better Nigeria for themselves and their children and that can only come through doing the right thing and telling the people the truth on any situation.

“For me, I have no cause to doubt the courts. It’s we the politicians that are bent on corrupting every aspect of our national life,” he said.

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