Osun Election: Saraki- INEC was wrong in declaring the election inconclusive





The Nigeria Senate president and Chairman, People Democratic Party's Presidential Council on Osun State  Governorship Election, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has faulted the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission that the results of the election held on Saturday were inconclusive.

On Sunday, Saraki expressed dismay in a statement released in Abuja over the decision by INEC to declare as "inconclusive" an election in which a candidate won the highest number of vote and fulfilled the condition for a geographical spread.

Senate President Saraki claimed that the INEC was wrong in declaring the election inconclusive because the votes in certain polling units were canceled. 

In my lay man's opinion, the INEC was wrong in declaring the election inconclusive because the votes in certain polling units were canceled. The decision of INEC to cancel the electin in those areas after voting had taken place means INEC had already excluded the votes in thses areas from the election process and therefore those units should have no place in the overall results.

 He said that is why he called on their party and its candidate to seek a further legal interpretation on this decision by the electoral body. One cannot but wonder whether if the places were reversed and the candidate of the APC was the one leading in the election, the INEC would take the same decision it has taken now.

Saraki stated that it was necessary to also call on INEC to display "courage, boldness, independence, neutrality and patriotism" in order to send signals to the world at large that Nigeria's electoral system had come of age and that its democracy had matured.


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