The Labour Party (LP) has called for the immediate sack of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu.
LP also demanded for the sack of the INEC Federal Commissioner in charge of voter education, Festus Okoye.
A statement released on Thursday by the Labour Party Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation accused the two individuals of leading the commission in the desecration of the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
It added that INEC wasted the funds given to it by the government as well as international bodies for the execution of the 2023 general elections in the country.
Furthermore, the Labour Party campaign organization said INEC spent billions of tax payer’s money on the pretext of deploying the BVAS and other technological innovations for the 2023 polls but ended up manually manipulating the results to force their own preferred presidential candidate on Nigerians.
It, therefore, called for the immediate sack and prosecution of Yakubu and Okoye for the ‘crimes’ committed.
The statement reads: “The Labour Party Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation has demanded unequivocally, the immediate dismissal from office and prosecution of Prof Yakubu Mahmood, INEC Chairman, and Festus Okoye, INEC Federal Commissioner in charge of voter education following the final reports of the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room and the International Community regarding the desecration of the presidential election of 25th February, 2023.
“They consequently called for a forensic financial investigation of the billions of naira disbursed and donated to INEC by the government and the international community, who are called upon to sanction these erring officers for wasting their funds and criminally compromising the presidential election to announce their preferred candidate.
“They came to this conclusion because INEC spent billions of tax payers money on the pretext of deploying the BVAS and other technological innovations needed for electronic storage and transmission of election results, but intentionally bypassed these noble inventions during the election in order to manipulate the election and is dubiously turning around to attempt to suggest that manual collation of results may suffice, which will render all our technological improvements in our elections useless.
“They asserted that if Adamawa REC can be prosecuted, Mahmood and Okoye should face worse fate because they committed greater crimes.”