Afenifere sues INEC for disregarding election rules
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The pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, just take legal action against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for failing to adhere to electoral guidelines during the 2023 elections. The organization had earlier condemned the declaration of results for the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Tinubu, by INEC after the elections were over. In a communique released after a meeting, the organization accused INEC of encouraging electoral brigandage at polling units, which included the destruction of ballot papers, snatching of ballot boxes, doctoring of figures, and swapping of votes of candidates at the coalition centers by amended and outlawed manual procedures. This, according to the organization, rendered the 25th February 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections flawed in several respects, as confirmed by local and international observers.
The group declared that the Labour Party's candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, won the presidential election, and denounced any congratulatory message in the name of the organization to any candidate illegally declared by INEC. The organization further reiterated that, for equity, fairness, national cohesion, and peaceful corporate existence, the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a person of its Southern part, specifically the South-East. Afenifere's legal action against INEC is aimed at holding the commission accountable for its disregard of the electoral guidelines and ensuring that future elections are conducted in a free, fair, and credible manner.