Nigeria:Coalition demands Mantu’s prosecution for alleged electoral malpractices
Abuja, April 6, 2018 (AltAfrika)-A coalition of civil society group, #OurMumuDonDo, on Friday stormed the Independent National Electoral Commission headquarters in Abuja, to demand for the prosecution of a former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu, for alleged electoral malpractices.
The group, in a letter to the INEC chairman, said the former Peoples Democratic Party chieftain should be arraigned for allegedly “subverting the will of the people during several elections.”
Mantu had, in an interview on Channels TV, confessed to rigging several elections for his former party, PDP, by inducing electoral officers to falsify results and to violate the electoral laws.
His admission had triggered reactions from the PDP, which refuted his claims and also disowned him.
But the coalition in their letter demanded Mantu’s prosecution, noting that “this is a good opportunity for the electoral commission to demonstrate its resolve to prosecute electoral offenders as a deterrent to others.”
It read, “As we have mentioned in our previous engagements with the INEC, the number of Nigerians going to the polling booths has been in a consistent decline since 2003 and the reason for this, among other disturbing factors, is the downright rigging of elections — a vile act which blatantly infringes on the right of the Nigerian people to freely exercise their franchise.
“It is therefore imperative that the electoral umpire, the INEC, the Attorney-General of the Federation, and the law enforcement agencies, rise to this clarion call to prosecute Senator Mantu and all his accomplices.”
A member of the coalition, Adebayo Raphael, argued that Nigerians have lost trust in the electoral system, adding that only a proper overhaul of the system could restore public confidence in the system.
“Nigerians have completely lost trust in the electoral system, so we are hoping that by this patriotic act by #Ourmumudondo, the INEC, the AGF and other law enforcement agencies would sanitise the system.
“We submitted a letter to INEC and we are hoping to get a response from them,” he said.