We Would Shut Down INEC Offices Nationwide Over Partisanship, Says Sowore’s AAC

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Abiodun Sanusi

Mr. Omoyele Sowore and other members of the African Action Congress (AAC) has vowed to shut down offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Nationwide over its partisanship, and involvement in the party’s internal affairs and its imposition of an expelled ex-member on the party as the party’s national chairman.

The former Presidential Candidate of African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, and members of the party have given the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) two weeks ultimatum to recognize the party’s status quo and return it back to the owners or have its offices shut down nationwide.

Sowore who led members of the party to the headquarters of the commission in Abuja on Tuesday to submit a letter gave the Chairman of the electoral body, Mahmood Yakubu till March 15, 2021, to stop imposing the expelled former National Secretary,  Mr. Leonard Ezenwa on the party as National Chairman.

He said the party would mobilize and direct all its members at the expiration of the ultimatum to occupy and shut down all the offices of the commission across the country.

He faulted the partisan role played by the commission in giving illegal recognition to those who have been expelled by the highest decision-making body of the party, the National Executive Committee  (NEC ) in an attempt to cause confusion in the party for the benefit of the APC and PDP.

Sowore said the commission deliberately rejected their letter because of the interest in the leadership of the party who will be loyal to the INEC Chairman.

According to him ” They rejected our letter last week because INEC has become a partisan body in Nigeria. They engaged in the rigging of elections, they engaged in rejecting and accepting which chairman is loyal to the Chairman of  INEC or not.

“Today we have come, what we could not accomplish last week we have just accomplished now. We have submitted the letter but the reason why we came here is not because of AAC alone.

“We are here because INEC has become a ridiculous umpire in the conduct of elections. INEC commissioners including the Chairman have become a tool in the hand of the ruling party, APC.

“We are now saying that starting from March 15, 2021, if INEC does not restore the ownership of AAC to its original owners we will shutdown INEC offices across the country.

“We will occupy INEC until the Chairman and all commissioners are removed. They don’t have the credibility to conduct free and fair elections.

He warned the electoral body to thread with caution and not to truncate the fragile democracy of the country.

He added that they would do everything within their power to ensure that democracy work in Nigeria noting that they   were not afraid of been arrested and jailed

” If we have to go prison to ensure that democracy work in Nigeria we will go to prison. If you have to shoot us because of democracy we will take it. We will not continue to condone irresponsible officials who are supposed to be neutral but are always partisan in matters that affect democracy.

” You are our employees, we are taxpayers and citizens of Nigeria. If you don’t do your job, we will teach you how to do it.  Sowore stated.

Also speaking at the event was Juwon Sanyaolu who said ”  The same INEC had through a letter recognized the legitimate party leaders but still not willing to take the position of these legitimate party leaders that reaffirmed that Sowore remained the National Chairman of the party.

“The reason the government is doing this is that the ruling party is obviously aware that AAC is the only party that can bring an end to the shenanigans in government and 60 years old ineptitude, corruption, maladministration that have been imposed on the country.

“And they also know that the leadership of Omoyele Sowore has the ability to lead this struggle of 60 years of slavery.

It would be recalled that the commission had continued to sabotage the efforts of  legitimate leaders of the party despite the fact that all party organs including NEC in their meeting in July 2019 and December 10, 2020, resolved unequivocally that Sowore remained the party chairman.

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