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Approach the courts to ventilate your concerns – INEC tells aggrieved political parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission has advised aggrieved political parties to seek legal redress if they are disappointed with the conduct of the presidential election last Saturday.

Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi told newsmen that calls for the resignation of his principal, Mahmood Yakubu, by the parties are out of place.

He also said that claims that the INEC chairman allocated scores to parties are unfounded and irresponsible. The statement read;

“The call by the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Democratic Party on the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to resign is misplaced. The allegation by Dino Melaye that the INEC chairman allocated scores to parties is unfounded and irresponsible.

“At the same time, contrary to the insinuation by both parties, results emanating from the states point to a free, fair, and credible process.

“There are laid down procedures for aggrieved parties or candidates to follow when they are dissatisfied about the outcome of an election. Such procedures do not include calling on the INEC chairman to resign or for the election to be canceled.

“To be sure, aggrieved parties are free to approach the courts to ventilate their concerns and wait for the matter to be resolved. Making inciting comments capable of causing violence or unrest is unacceptable.

“The 2023 general election processes are in their final stages of completion. It is only fair for aggrieved parties to allow the conclusion of the process and approach the courts with their evidence to pursue their cases.”

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