The Obi-Datti Media Organisation has described recent attacks on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices in Ogun and Osun states as sabotage by losers.
In addition, the group condemned the destruction of 65,699 uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) by “losers” who attacked two of them.
The group said in a statement on Saturday that the act was pure sabotage against the Nigerian nation, her people, and her future.
The group urged the Federal Government to keep its promise to hold free and credible elections in 2023 by safeguarding INEC staff, facilities, and materials.
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The burning of INEC offices poses a significant threat to the 2023 general elections, according to the Obi-Datti Media Organization.
The Obi-Datti Media Organisation was shocked to learn of the fire that destroyed the Ogun State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office. A similar incident had previously occurred in Osun State.
It has been confirmed that the inferno destroyed many materials needed for the next year’s elections, particularly permanent voters’ cards that had yet to be collected by their owners.
We strongly condemn this arson because it poses a serious danger and threat to the holding of free, fair, and credible elections next year.
We would like to specifically draw Nigerians’ attention to the following;
1. That the burning of INEC offices and materials provides no recompense to the perpetrators of the heinous crime and is thus purely a sabotage against the Nigerian nation, her people, and her future.
2. That the vast majority of newly registered voters, who demonstrated unprecedented enthusiasm for participating in next year’s elections by flocking out in droves to register, have yet to collect their PVCs, and will be the worst victims of this sabotage.
3. That the number of people waiting to collect their PVCs is in the millions, and that if this bad trend continues, Nigeria will lose millions of voters.
4. That if this level of disenfranchisement occurs, the outcome of next year’s elections will not reflect the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Nigerians.
5. It is obvious that the unpatriotic criminals planning and carrying out the disruption of the 2023 elections are those who have clearly seen that if INEC continues to conduct free and fair elections, they will lose in 2023.
6. That the current threats to Nigeria’s continued existence as a peaceful and economically viable nation can only be addressed by electing a popular and credible president next year.
7. That the Federal Government must keep its promise to hold free and credible elections in 2023 by safeguarding INEC staff, facilities, and materials. As a punishment and deterrent, the government must also apprehend the perpetrators of these arson attacks and bring them to justice.
8. INEC, for its part, must keep an eye out for rogue elements within its ranks, as well as staff members who may have been compromised to carry out or aid in such nefarious activities.
Diran Onifade is the CEO of Obi-Datti Media Organization.
12th November, 2022.
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