The Coalition of Civil Society Group (CCSG), has asked the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to resign their appointments, alleging that the duo have discredited the sanctity of the Kogi governorship election.
Coordinator of the group, Abubakar Suleman, who made this known in Abuja, stated that the group has lost confidence in the leadership of the AGF and INEC chair.
The CCSG, an accredited observer at the inconclusive Kogi State governorship, stressed that the actions taken so far by Malami and Yakubu were in total contrast with the constitution of the country as well the Electoral Act.
Suleman added that it was dangerous for stakeholders such as the Coalition to sit by and allow the nation’s democracy suffer or be left in the hands of electoral umpire that cannot exert its independence and sanctity of the electoral process in the face of political turbulence.
Suleman stressed that: “The clear implication of this action of the AGF and INEC chairman is that APC would be fielding two different governorship candidates in the on-going Kogi State election which means that INEC would be transferring votes cast for late Prince Abubakar Audu to another candidate, a scenario that have no place in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“A supposedly independent electoral umpire could allow itself succumb to the antics of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by following the unlawful directive of an obviously partisan AGF to substitute a candidate in the middle of the ballot process.
“It is on record that the two legal documents guiding INEC in the conduct of elections are the constitution and the electoral act which have provisions for electoral exigencies as well as empower the electoral body to take responsibility for any of its action or inaction without undue interference from any quarters whatsoever.
“We are therefore at a loss as to which sections of these two relevant laws INEC and AGF relied on in arriving at their bias decision to substitute in an on-going election even after the timelines for such has elapsed under all the rules.”