A chieftain of APC in Abia State, Chief Ndukwe Iko has rated INEC high in the conduct of 2019 presidential election, saying, it is better than any election he has witnessed since 1979.
In an interview with newsmen, Chief Iko said “This election was one election that INEC surprised a lot of us politicians because people thought it will be business as usual whereby you go to your house and manipulate to your advantage.
“But INEC came with a shocker in the presidential election and they made sure that all the results got validation through the card reader. By doing that, it gave credibility to the process. INEC did well in that context”.
The former Abia State governorship aspirant in the 2015 general election however condemned the security arrangement of the process. He said while do areas were adequately secured, some others were not.
“But in terms of security I will score this election worst because in some cases, there were cases of over security if I may borrow the phrase. You have a situation where people were using soldiers, military police and all forms of security while in some other areas, it was almost zero security
“The alarming thing is that those other areas, particularly the hinterlands, constitute the vast majority of the people that should be protected. You saw a whole local government area with less than 20 policemen and when they distribute themselves, you see a whole ward of up to 23 to 24 polling units having only one policeman in more than four communities. So when you have such security arrangement, the process is then left in the hands of who the strongest among the politicians is; he will capture the whole process and run away with the results” he said.
He insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory defines the success of the card readers adding that he was freely elected.
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