The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has called on INEC to speak out urgently on the decision by the commission’s Election Monitoring and Observation Unit to register alleged partisan groups as observers for Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.
In a statement issued in Abuja Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said if INEC fails to speak out on the issue, it means it is not serious about organizing a free, fair and credible election on Saturday.
It maintained that at least two of the groups that have been accredited to monitor the election, Women Arise and Rights Monitoring Group (RMG), are partisan and should not have been accredited to observe the election.
ACN reiterated its earlier statement that the fact that the President of Women Arise, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, is the wife of Mr. Yinka Odumakin, who has publicly stated his support for one of the contestants in the election, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has raised the red flag over the group’s neutrality – a pre-requisite for any group observing an election.
Also, the party said, the fact that Femi Aduwo of the RMG is a known supporter of Gov. Mimiko should automatically rule the group out of being accredited as an observer for the poll.
”The issues we have raised are key to the success or otherwise of the election, and none of the groups has faulted us. Women Arise, whose President has reacted to our statement, has told Nigerians how it can be expected to be neutral despite the marital links of its President to an acknowledged supporter of one of the contestants,” it said.