A presidential candidate in the 2019 Nigerian election, Omoyele Sowore has criticised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ‘for not making efforts to stop election rigging, electoral fraud, manipulation of numbers, destroying electoral integrity and corruption by its commissioners and staff’.
Sowore, a government critic, was reacting to the peace accord signed on Thursday by candidates and political parties participating in the 6 November governorship election in Anambra State.
It comes amid the security concerns in Anambra State following recent violent activities by some gunmen in many parts of the state.
The candidates who signed the accord include Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party, and Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).
Others are Etiaba Chukwuogo of the Action Alliance (AA), Uzo Godwin of the Social Democratic Party, Godwin Maduka of the Accord Party (AP), Nwankwo Chidozie of the African Action Congress (AAC), Okonkwo Francis of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Onyejegbu Okwudili of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), and Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Ohajimkpo Emeka of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Ezenwafor Victor of the National Rescue Movement (NRM), and Nnamdi Nwawuo of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) also signed the accord.
“@inecnigeria always getting candidates to sign “peace accord” but when is @inecnigeria going to sign an “accord” to stop engaging in election rigging, electoral fraud, manipulation of numbers, destroying electoral integrity and corruption by its commissioners & staff! WHEN???” Sowore wrote on his verified Twitter handle on Friday morning.