Group under the auspices of Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), has called for the immediate resignation of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu over invalidation of 45% of the Newly completed registered PVCs in the Northern part of Nigeria.
The group also alleges clear case of sabotage by members of Independent Commission not to allow the 2023 general elections to hold.
In a joint statement issued by Isah Abubakar and Mock Kure, President Director General of the group said, “It is no longer news that preparations towards 2023 general elections is in top gear in Nigeria following the signing of the Amended Electoral Act into Law by President Muhammadu Buhari and subsequent release of Election timetable by the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The youths observed that the recent declaration made by the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu that over 45 percent of the newly completed registered PVCs will be invalid due to incomplete data captured by Staff of the Commission.
The statement added, “It is also a known fact that continuous voters registration is in top gear too, with INEC making shocking revelation that over 45% of the Newly completed registered PVCs will be invalid due to incomplete data captured by Staff of the Commission.”
The Northern Youths Council of Nigeria believed that this is not an error but clear case of sabotage by members of a Commission that holds the key to the country’s National unity which must not go unpunished, saying that if Professor Yakubu is worthy of title, the youths expected him to tender his resignation in the days ahead as they will continue to cast doubt in every move that he makes, because he has betrayed that trust we once had in him.
According to the statement, most states in Northwest and few others in North Central had reasons to shut down telecommunications Network to enable Military men carry out Operations to rid the regions of bandits, stressing that this hampered the ongoing registrations for several weeks.
“We have waited patiently for INEC to announce extension of registration in all LGAs affected as we are in the last quota of the Continuous Voters Registration, nothing of such has been done or said,” the group observed.
To make the situation worst, the statement explained that the commission has stopped the ongoing registration in some Local Government Areas in Northern Nigeria under the guise of Security threat, stressing that there is no Local Government that is envelop with security threat like their Borno and Yobe Counterpart, wherein the Commission went ahead and conducted elections in 2011, 2015, and 2019.
The youths stated that they don’t have doubt that the commission is not planning to postpone the 2023 general election, asking why have they resolved to suspend registration in some regions and will the Local Governments they termed unsecured for registration be secured for 2023 elections?
The youths called on Northern Caucus of the National Assembly to initiate probing of the Commission to unravel any sinister motive against our region, since the Chairman of INEC has decided to present himself as unworthy of the North.
It also called on the INEC Management to quickly resign and pave way for serious minded Nigerians to take charge and conduct credible election.
The statement noted that where the Commission fails to give the affected region level playing ground by compensating for the time loss during the Military Operation, it admonished Mr President to consider setting up an Interim National Government until the region gets a fair treatment from the electoral umpire.
The statement called on INEC to resort to manual accreditation pending on when the affected over 1.3million potential voters will correct their details, pointing out that it is no fault of theirs that INEC staff couldn’t capture, hence, they can’t pay for the sins of poorly trained INEC officials.
The youths urged all eligible voters to continue to present themselves for registration despite what they called “the satanic moves” by INEC to deny them their right to vote in next leadership of the Country.