Lagos-based political activist, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri has called on President Muhammmadu Buhari to, as father of the nation, cancel the November 16 Kogi and Balyesa governorship elections because of electoral violence that characterized the polls.
While ordering for fresh elections, the president should declare a state of emergency and appoint administrators for the two states, he suggested.
Chief Onitiri made the call in Lagos at the weekend in a press statement.
He declared “All Democrats and patriotic Nigerians wish to call on President Buhari to cancel the recently conducted Governorship and senatorial elections in Kogi and Balyesa states. The elections fell short of all democratic norms. It was not fair,credible nor free, in view of callous murder of a political women leader who was set ablaze in her house by suspected political thugs.
“In fact it was the worst election ever conducted in Nigeria.
The last exercise was a free demonstration of craziness and lunacy. It was a total war condoned by government security agencies and compromised INEC officials. The election has turned Nigeria to a laughing stock in the comity of developed nations. So many innocent citizens were openly brutalized, maimed and killed. No election in Nigeria was worth the blood of any citizen.
“We ask that President Buhari should immediately annul the election, appoint Administrators for the two states and set up Commission of Enquiry to find out what went wrong in the elections. All members of INEC involved in the fraudulent electoral process should be brought to book”. Nigerians are waiting urgently for your immediate action on Kogi and Balyesa polls, Chief Onitiri pleaded with President Buhari.