By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Coalition of Civil Society Organisation in Nigeria has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) to investigate the alleged irregularities in the just concluded hovernorship primary election of the party in Osun State.
Addressing journalists in Osogbo on Monday, spokesperson of the group, Patrick Usman of the Centre for Development Democracy and Good Governance Nigeria stated that the coalition observed the primary election in 23 local governments of the state.
Usman said: “We recorded issues of electoral irregularities, which included lack of sensitive materials like result sheets, electoral violence, security issue, operational and logistical challenges among others.
“Our team observed that thousands of party members at the collations centres of the 332 wards complained that their names were missing on the displayed party’s register.”
Other findings of the observer group according to Usman include; no accreditation in most wards where election was held, over voting, refusal of Committee to make party registers available before the election as well as lack of result sheet in most wards.
He then described the election as a mockery of democracy and suppression of people’s will.
According to him, party primaries are expected to be free, fair and credible, adding that this was not so.
He called on appropriate authorities and stakeholders to investigate all allegations of violence and cases of violent acts, while urging that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be strengthened to tackle operational and logistic issue during election.