By Amah Baldwin in Enugu
The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Enugu state has expressed total confidence in the ability and capability of the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a hitch free governorship and state Assembly election in the state.
Spokesman of the Coalition, Igboke Onyebuche also implored the Enugu electorate to exercise their franchise in tomorrow’s (9/03/2019) election without any fear of intimidation.
Addressing newsmen in Enugu Friday morning ahead of Saturday ballot Onyebuche stated that Enugu state has a record of peaceful conduct of election, assuring that the gubernatorial and the House of Assembly polls cannot be different.
Discountenancing calls by the All Progressives Congress, APC for the postponement of the polls, the Coalition of Civil Societies’ spokesman said:
“We have worked hard to get to this point, nobody should be allowed to truncate the good work that has been on going in the state.”
Igboke Onyebuche also referred to what he called, ” discouraging statement credited to the Enugu state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC Dr. Ben Nwoye to the effect that the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state had been compromised ahead of the ballot.” “Such statement is discouraging,” he said.
APC on Thursday (7/03/2019) protested against INEC for disallowing its members/agents access to the Central Bank of Nigeria during the process of sorting out election materials.
Nwoye accused the electoral body of hobnobbing with the ruling PDP and called for the postponement of the polls in the state or the party would boycott the exercise. While the INEC denied the allegations, the Coalition of Civil Societies cried foul and described APC’s misgivings as pranks.
“It is all politics. We condemn such pranks. We have confidence in this electoral process.
” This is only meant to discourage people from coming out to vote.”
Onyebuche urged voters to discountenance the antics of the APC Chairman.
He however advised aggrieved politicians to use constitutional means to seek redress, if any.