From JIDAUNA YANUNG, Abuja
A Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) Coalition for the Advancement of Good governance has urged INEC to institute charge against the immediate past Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha for alleged electoral fraud.
At a news briefing in Abuja, James Okoronkwo of the Society for Equity and Inclusion (SEI) said the call became necessary because the former Governor, now a Senator held INEC officials hostage for several hours and forcefully compelled the electoral officers to announce him winner of the Imo West Senatorial District.
“For a man that smuggled himself through the backdoor as Senator to continue to impinge on the ability of the INEC to conduct free, fair and credible elections shows how some people can go, what Senator Okorocha has simply told Nigerians, that he never won election”, he remarked.
Towards this end, Okoronkwo also urged INEC to show example of all those who worked hard to discredit the last election such as ‘Senator’ Okorocha and prefer criminal electoral charges against them.
“The failure of the electoral body to do this greatly undermine its ability to deliver free, fair and credible elections and give electoral brigands the impetus to carry out their impunity against electoral officers such as suffered by the returning officer for the Imo West Senatorial election, Professor Innocent Ibeawushi”, he added.