27.4 C
New York
Friday, June 2, 2023

INEC’s rush to declare Tinubu president-elect unnecessary – SAN, Etiaba

- Advertisement -

A lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Emeka Etiaba, has argued that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was so much in a rush to declare Bola Ahmed Tinubu president-elect in the just concluded controversial election.

Faulting INEC’s decision, Emeka said the commission would only have announced the winner, but stay action on declaring Tinubu the winner of the poll.

Speaking during a Channels Television interview on Monday monitored by AFRIPOST, he said: “The issue of the complaints of the manipulations of the results sheets, BVAS not being uploaded by party agents were also swept under the carpet. The agents and parties made so much fuss about it; they were promised that it would be looked at; indeed, Section 651 of the Electoral Act gives the commission seven days to look into those issues before making a return, but they didn’t do it.

“There was no compulsion in announcing the president-elect; indeed, section 70 of the electoral act gives the Commission up to 14 days to make their returns; what is the haste about?”

“INEC has the power to review the results; they are still within time. But what they could not do before they declared the winner, I doubt if they would do it now,” he said.

Related Articles

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -spot_img

Latest Articles