Report By:David Oghen
WaffiTV:Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, has expressed worries that with the ongoing happenings in the preparations for the 2019 general elections, “it will be difficult to say if the elections will be free and fair.”
Chief Clark also censured the inclusion of a senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the creation of sensitive materials for the 2019 general elections.
Chief Clark who is the pioneer of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, also questioned the freedom of the discretionary umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, saying, “Even though it has been said INEC is independent, with the Nigeria factor, is INEC really free?”
INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had last Saturday at Abuja while addressing stakeholders on the reason behind the postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections, affirmed that a senatorial candidate of the APC, Mohammed Musa, “is a contractor to the commission.”
The INEC boss while responding to a question by Osita Chidoka, previous aviation minister who represented Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the gathering, had said: “Yes, I am mindful. That company has been working with the commission since 2011. I assure you that we have a strict system.”
Responding to the response by Yakubu, Chief Clark amid a press preparation at his Kiagbodo residence in Burutu local government area of Delta State, questioned the profound quality of using the same temporary worker who he alleged was blacklisted by the commission in 2011.
Speaking on his battles with the temporary worker in 2015, Chief Clark said: “I was one of those active persons who took on this man in 2015 when there was contest between Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and the present President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We discovered from Facebook at that time, that he will do everything possible to make Jonathan lose the election. So we went into investigation why this man was so categorical. It was then that we discovered that this man has a factory in Maitama, Abuja where he was manufacturing these things (materials for INEC).
“We even went to the extent of videoing the place. When it came to their (INEC) knowledge, they subtracted the contract to a Chinese company and it took time for those materials to arrive.