INEC Systematically Excluded Voters From South-East - Peter Obi

Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, has criticised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for “systematically” excluding voters in the South-East from voting during Saturday’s general elections.


Obi, a former Anambra State governor, made the allegation while addressing journalists at his home in Onitsha on Tuesday.

According to Obi, “over eight million” registered voters in the region were disenfranchised by INEC from exercising their civic duty on Saturday.

He claimed that the election was “systematically planned” to ensure the zone did not “participate fully” in the exercise.

He also wondered why it was only in the South-East that over 400,000 card readers were destroyed in an inferno.

Obi said: “You will recall that on the election day I said that the process was clumsy and we also had major problem of card readers and most people could not vote,” he said

“When over 400,000 Card Readers got burnt it became clear that something was wrong somewhere and INEC could not save the situation and they will not allow people to vote manually.

“But in some other parts of the country people are allowed to vote manually and it was accepted by the electoral body.”

The PDP vice presidential candidate also questioned how Borno and Yobe states recorded high voter turnout in spite of the insurgency ravaging the states.

“How can you tell me that a state like Yobe and Borno produced the number of voters that is higher than Anambra and Ebony states put together? The two states are areas that have been at war and I wonder how they got card readers that are working so well despite the war situation that they found themselves?” Obi questioned.

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