By Emma Amaize
IJAW leaders of Thought in Warri Federal Constituency have called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and relevant authorities to probe the voters registration exercise in the three Warri local government areas, alleging that foreigners were mobilized to register in Warri.
“The concerned authorities are hereby alerted to save us from this national disgrace by probing the registrations in the three Warri local government areas to identify and expunge such fraud on our electoral system,” the leaders said in a letter, dated February 1 and addressed to the chairman, INEC, Abuja by Chief Buoy Ebikeme, Chief Dan Ekpebide and Mr. Kingsley Otuaro.
Addressing newsmen at Oporoza on the development, the traditional ruler of Gbaramatu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Pere G. Bebenimibo also urged INEC to extend the time for the voters registration exercise in the kingdom by seven more days, as registration started a week late in the kingdom due to the late arrival of DDC machines.
He also raised alarm that INEC could be inviting chaos in Warri if its alleged lawless and careless approach to the issues of proper delineation of wards/units and transparent registration of voters, which would result in free and fair elections in the three Warri local governments were not checked.
“Another problem that I feel that INEC must address urgently is the issue of wards. Our wards have been given to the Itsekiris and that is unacceptable. We have wards allocated to Gbaramatu and units. Two at Kpokpo, five at Sahara, they were carried to Itsekiri wards.
These places are my areas. Then Djala , which is in my area in Burutu. I want INEC to do something fast to redress the anomalies by bringing these area back to my kingdom,” he added.