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TMG denies releasing Ekiti election results

By Dayo Johnson
IBADAN—THE Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, has debunked the allegation that it had earlier released the results of the rerun election held in Ekiti before it was officially announced.

TMG, through its Chairman, Comrade Mashood Erubami also declared as outright falsehood the allegation that the group was being funded by the European Union, EU, to antagonize the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Erubami said both allegations against the pro-democracy group were wicked and inconsequential.
Contrary to the allegations, he stated that TMG had been monitoring election in the country since 1999 and had never released any results before they were officially announced.

“It is therefore unfortunate that TMG that is internationally recognized having been the flagship of election observation in the country and in the West Africa sub region will be excluded from participating in observing local elections”, he said.

To prove the allegation wrong, he added, the first election result in Ekiti State on 25 April 2009 was never released by INEC because of the Ido-Osi debacle and the excuse that the outcome of Oye result where election did not take place then may have effect on the overall result of the election.

It went down the memory lane that “a member of INEC Anambra Monitoring and Observation Board, Mr Festus Okoye who was a former Chairman of TMG was part of the committee that drafted the TMG report, which was read to all participating NGOs that partook in the exercise before it was signed by all”.

“Another member of INEC Anambra Monitoring and Observation Board, Umar Farouk who also participated in the observation of Ekiti election signed before his appointment by INEC, the preliminary report of TMG. How could these people be part of such unprofessional act?” he asked.

“There are lots of misinformation about the activities of TMG which has created communication gap between it and INEC, which shall be bridged in the next couple of weeks. Our involvement in election observation is not to undermine its processes but to ensure that it has integrity”, he concluded.


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