Chief Dumo Lulu- Briggs, the Accord Party gubernatorial candidate in Rivers State, has called for the cancellation of the March 9 Governorship and House of Assembly elections for lack of credibility.
Lulu-Briggs made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Port Harcourt.
He said the call was necessitated by the Independent National Electoral Commission’s testimony on the gross electoral misconduct and insecurity that led to cancellation of elections in several polling units in the state.
The politician said the subsequent suspension of the process was enough reason to ask for a fresh election in the state.
Lulu-Briggs said: “What is most important is the credibility of the electoral process and legitimacy of any government.
“Remember that on March 9, INEC had issued a press statement that reports from their men on the field indicated that there were wide spread irregularities and violence in substantial polling units and collation centres.
“That INEC staff was taken hostage and materials, including result sheets, were destroyed by unauthorised persons.
“And that they could no longer vouch for the credibility of the electoral process.
“INEC having raised such an alarm in this sort of atmosphere, the various party agents went back to their houses.”
Lulu-Briggs said it was disheartening that INEC was now saying it has some results it intend to collate and announce, adding: “Tell me how credible such result could be?
“Even if they are authentic results, what confidence will the people have in the electoral umpire who kept the acclaimed results without the monitoring of party agents?
“It’s said that justice should not only be done but should also be seen to have been done.”
The Accord party candidate said that whatever INEC intended to do outside conducting a fresh election in the state could cause mayhem.
He said since INEC openly admitted that they could no longer vouch for the credibility of the process they should conduct a fresh poll to avert crises in the state.