Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday, said that the electoral body has two major clues he said would assist Police to unravel those that masterminded electoral fraud in the recent re-run elections in Rivers State.
Speaking at a stakeholders forum on elections, organised by a coalition of over 60 civil society organisations under the aegis of The Situation Room, in Abuja, Yakubu alluded to an audio tape purported to be the voice of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
He said, true to what was revealed in the said audio tape which was released by an online media outlet, that the commission indeed deployed one of its top officials from Plateau State to Etche/Omuma federal constituency during the election. “Somebody talked about a tape.
I granted an interview last week and I said well, that our investigation will reveal whatever transpired, especially about what happened in the tape. “It is curious that Etche was mentioned in that tape and that was the place where we couldn’t conclude and declare winners on December 10. So that is a very vital clue. We will leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of what happened in Rivers State and Etche in particular,” he vowed.
It will be recalled that the Inspector General of Police, IG, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, had earlier constituted a team of detectives and experts to conduct a thorough investigation into incidents of electoral malpractices during the Rivers re-run elections. The team is expected to unravel those who were directly or indirectly responsible for such occurrences and bring them to justice.
Earlier, head of the CSOs and Executive Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, PLAC, Mr. Clement Nwankwo, said there was need for attitudinal change among politicians in the country. Reliving some of the things his group observed in the Rivers election, Nwankwo said: “INEC was indeed overwhelmed by activities of politicians, who decided to share security apparatus among themselves in the Rivers poll.”