Blame INEC for Imo Supreme Court verdict, says Esele

BENIN (THE GUARDIAN)--A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Peter Esele, yesterday, said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should take all the blames for the verdict of the Supreme Court on the Imo State governorship election.

Esele, a former president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin, argued that Nigerians should look beyond the controversy of the judgment and appraise its foundation, saying the judgment underscored the inefficiency and ineptitude of INEC.

According to him, the results of the governorship election, held on March 9, last year, should not have been upheld in the first place, because so many irregularities were reported during the exercise.

He stated that in view of the reported irregularities, one would have expected INEC to have cancelled the election and have a proper exercise conducted, adding: “INEC did not do its job properly, that is why Supreme Court Justices are intervening.”

Esele stressed that for the Supreme Court to have a unanimous decision over a matter or election means that the election was badly conducted, noting: “So, what has happened in Imo State is enough for the INEC chairman to resign, if Nigeria is a sane clime where things are done properly.

“Whoever is aggrieved has to accept it, because the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land.”