- Some SPOs frustrated INEC efforts
- There were inadequate security
Imo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Professor Francis Ezeonu, has revealed how some ad-hoc staff members frustrated the efforts of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
He also said that some Supervising Presiding Officers (SPOs) switched off their phones so to cut communication with INEC for them to perpetrate their evil during elections.
Professor Francis Ezeonu made made the revelation when he played host to religious leaders that paid him a courtesy call in his office.
“There were a lot of factors that bugged the last elections. One major issue was security. INEC is not in charge of security. Sometimes, when you go into the field, thinking that you are working with somebody, you would not know that the fellow is serving another person’s interest, and it was a major problem”, Ezeonu said.
He said there were deliberate efforts by politicians to make sure that the Registration Area Camps, RAC, we talked about, did not work.
“Before the elections, we were assured that the Police High Command was going to withdraw all police orderlies attached to individuals, but it didn’t happen. These people moved from place to place with their orderlies, causing a lot of problems. These are not things within our immediate control”, Ezeonu lamented.
H said his plan to make sure voting starts by 8am were impossible because of the saboteurs within the system in Imo.
“It may interest you to know that on Friday, before the elections, when we had issued letters to the Supervising Presiding Officers, SPOs, after awhile, most of them switched off their phones”, the Commissioner told the bishops.
According to him, “as soon as some of these adhoc staff got their letters, they moved straight to politicians to bargain”, stressing that some of them sold their letters.
The leader of the group, who is also the Vice President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Dr. Cosmas Ilechukwu, urged INEC to “ensure a free, fair and credible gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections”.
The bishops urged the REC to “plug all loopholes that almost messed up the last Presidential and National Assembly elections”.
Voting for the governorship and house of assembly elections are ongoing at the time of compiling this report.