Pan-Igbo group, Ohanaeze, weekend, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the international community ‘not to lend their hands’ in any move not to make the 2023 presidential election a success.
Ohanaeze stated this in a statement by Dr Alex Ogbonnia, its national publicity secretary.
Ohanaeze thanked Nigerian electorate for their courage in ‘exercising their franchise for a better Nigeria’.
According to Ohanaeze, “Going by the results so far released, Nigerians have fully expressed their delight for a quantum leap from the asphyxiating ocean of darkness and want to an inspiring gravy train of light and prosperity.”
Ohanaeze however regretted that ‘some agents of darkness are bent on using the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to test the will of Nigerians’.
Dr Ogbonnia said, “The national chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure, yesterday, raised alarm that some ‘officials of INEC in Lagos and Delta states have refused to upload the results of the presidential elections collated in various polling units in the states unto INEC’s central server’.
“Similarly, Chief Bode George alerted that ‘INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu sneaked into Lagos at night of the election and met with some unknown persons in Ikoyi Lagos’. The most curious, worrisome and threatening is that Yakubu ‘arrived and left in a private jet owned by Bola Ahmed Tinubu’.
“Mr. Olawale Okunniyi of the Labour Party reports of gunshots in parts of Lagos, and that its chieftain, Prof Pat Utomi, and some others have been held hostage and election results being manipulated at collation centres in parts of the state.
“Governor Nyesom Wike, after several months of melodramatic political ambivalence, was confronted with a ‘stark reality of a defeat even in the polling units in his compound in Worji, where LP scored 323 votes against APC and PDP’s 5 and 2 votes respectively’. Abure informs that Wike ‘used the soldiers and police to intimidate, harass and took away election materials, including the result sheets, manipulated the BVAS machines and uploaded fake results in to the central portal’.”
Ohanaeze advised concerned authorities to abide by the rules to avoid chaos in Nigeria.
The statement concluded that, “We call on President Buhari and the international community to prevail on Mahmood Yakubu not to lend hand to the thickening Frankenstein monster that first devours its creator by respecting the will of the people. Nigerians have spoken.”