Emeka Etiaba, a top advocate in Nigeria, has suggested the Independent National Election Commission, INEC, was too quick to announce Bola Ahmed Tinubu as president-elect.
Emeka criticized INEC’s decision, claiming that the commission would have revealed the winner only after settling any outstanding concerns.
He revealed this during a Channels Television interview on Monday, which Newsmen was watching.
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“The problem of concerns about manipulation of results sheets, BVAS not being published by party agents was also pushed under the carpet,” he said. The agents and parties made such a big deal about it, and they were assured that it would be looked into; in fact, Section 651 of the Electoral Act provides the commission seven days to look into those matters before filing a return, but they didn’t do it.
“There was no compulsion in announcing the president-elect; indeed, section 70 of the electoral act gives the Commission up to 14 days to make their returns; what is the haste about?”
“INEC has the power to review the results; they are still within time. But what they could not do before they declared the winner, I doubt if they would do it now”, he said.
Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of INEC, proclaimed Tinubu the winner of the February 25 presidential election on March 1.
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