Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, on Monday charged President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to save Nigeria from witnessing another civil war as an aftermath of a definitively rigged
2023 general election by dissolving the current leadership it termed “heavily compromised, incompetent and irresponsible” leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, headed by Mahmood Yakubu.
HURIWA, the civil rights advocacy group stated this in reaction to the conduct of the Kogi and Bayelsa States governorship elections, which saw candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, emerging winners of the polls.
The rights group maintained that the APC candidates were “railroaded into undeserved and purchased victories.”
In a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA said what took place in those two states were a total “travesty of the electoral system and would not stand the test of time if Impunity and lawlessness were not the hallmarks of the current hierarchy of the electoral commission.”
HURIWA also proposed the immediate adoption of the relevant portions of the electoral reformation recommendation which were made by a high profile panel of experts headed by a one-time Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Mohammed Uwais (rtd).
Also the group wondered why Buhari “rejected the well thought out electoral Act amendments done by the eight-session of the Nigerian National Assembly which amongst other major recommendations legislated the introduction of electronic voting system.”