By Charles Kumolu
A GROUP, The Northern Patriotic Front, NPF, has condemned what it described as campaign of calumny against the leadership of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC,Â over the conduct of Anambra State governorship poll.
It said the outcome of the election showed that INEC is committed to ensuring that leaders emerge through free and fair elections.
A statement signed by NPF National President, Alhaji Ali Abacha, said INEC had taken steps since the 2007 elections to reform the electoral body, and the test-run of the reforms, especially in election management, adding that Anambra has proved that INEC has learnt its lesson and is poised to carry out a more credible election in 2011.
According to him, â€œthe umbrella body of pro-democracy activists of Northern extraction, is shocked to read the renewed campaign against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the person of Prof. Maurice Iwu, Chairman of INEC, shortly after Iwu led the electoral body in conducting a successful, transparent, free and fair election in Anambra State on February 6.
â€œExcept for the NLC which took sides in the Anambra election by endorsing Dr. Andy Uba of Labour Party, and the AC whose candidate, Chris Ngige, lost in the election, virtually all other participants, observers and monitors of the election in Anambra are in agreement that INEC performed excellently well,â€ he said.