A former spokesperson of the Labour Occasion (LP) Presidential Marketing campaign Council, Kenneth Okonkwo on Monday stated that the declaration of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal doesn’t matter if the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) doesn’t add the total and unmanipulated outcomes of the February 25 ballot.
Okonkwo said this throughout an interview on Come up Information on Monday.
The LP chieftain known as INEC a “failed group that can’t even stay as much as the dictates of the legislation.”
He stated that the electoral physique was supposed to supply the outcomes of the election from all polling items, stating part 62, sub part 2 and three of the Electoral Act.
Okonkwo stated, “Whether or not it’s a pre-election or post-election challenge, the legislation says INEC ought to replace, compile election end result on polling unit by polling unit foundation all through Nigeria, and whoever needs to obtain a duplicate of it ought to be given one”
He additional said that INEC did not ship on this because the outcomes, months after the election, have nonetheless not been correctly uploaded.
The previous marketing campaign spokesman stated, “They only introduced up figures and introduced to the entire world shamefully after months of such declaration. 18,088 uploaded outcomes are nonetheless blurred, clean and nothing given by INEC. There isn’t a courtroom judgement that may overrule that as a result of we got such issues from the INEC IReV portal.”
He maintained that the judiciary have to be held accountable to statutory legal guidelines, as they solely have the suitable to interpret the legislation, and to not change it.
Okonkwo stated, “Whoever is telling you that anyone received that election, it’s a conjecture, and that is it doesn’t matter what the courtroom says. As a result of statutory legal guidelines in our hierarchy of legal guidelines in Nigeria is superior to determined circumstances, and time has come the place we ought to be holding the judiciary accountable to statutory legal guidelines. They don’t have the suitable to make legal guidelines. The one proper they’ve is to interpret it.
“So, what we’re saying, it’s not about who received or misplaced, we’re saying that election ought to be free, honest, and credible. Credible means plausible. Justice mustn’t solely be accomplished, it ought to be seen as accomplished. Please, in case you have seen the end result polling unit by polling unit, both primarily based on authentic unmutilated type EC8a or electronically saved and uploaded results of INEC polling unit by polling unit in 176,000 items in Nigeria, please, present me, and I might be prepared to tow your line. You’ll be able to’t come and bamboozle Nigerians.
“So long as these outcomes are hidden in shadows, not in substance, no matter is the end result, no matter is the declaration by the courtroom, you can not persuade anyone anyplace on the planet, as a result of it’s not the judiciary that places folks in energy in a democracy, it’s the folks. The folks have voted, present them the outcomes of their vote, in order that they’ll, with certainty, let you know, sure, we consider.”