INEC In A'Ibom Arraigns University Lecturer For Electoral Offence
By Pioneer Team
November 20, 2020
(INEC) in Akwa Ibom has
arraigned one of the two
university lecturers, who
were allegedly involved in
electoral offences during
the 2019 polls.
Confirming the development, Odaro Aisien, the
head of Voter Education
and Publicity, said the arraignment was in line with
INEC's determination to
ensure that anyone entrusted with election responsibility is held accountable "for any offence deliberately committed to subvert the will of the electorate.
"The arraignment is a
necessary step to stem the
reign of impunity and bring
sanity and probity to the
electoral process in Nigeria.
Aisien said in a statement: "In the course of
preparations for the 2019
general election, the commission had warned against
acts capable of undermining the integrity of the electoral process.
"To fully underscore the
seriousness of the warning,
the resident electoral commissioner (Mike Igini) met
with stakeholders and repeatedly admonished election personnel at the various
training centres, particularly
academics, drawn from the
university as collation/returning officers, to observe
and maintain the highest
ethical standards in the discharge of the sensitive duties assigned to them.
said, "Two professors who
acted as collation/returning
officers during the election,
exhibited an uncanny bent
to subvert the outcome of
the election, contrary to the
expressed will of the electorate.
"One of the lecturers altered already declared results at polling units and collated ward results in Form
EC8B delivered to him by
ward collation officers.
"He changed the outcome of the election by reducing the score of a leading candidate by a huge 5,000
votes and increasing the losing candidates' score by the
same margin without altering the overall total valid
votes cast to avoid detection.
INEC disclosed that the
lecturer, who has now been
arraigned, was exposed by
the information trigger tracking system of the Electoral
Operation Support Centre
(EOSC), fully activated
throughout the election period.
It said the other lecturer,
who would soon be arraigned, "declared election
results collated not by him,
but by undisclosed individuals who only handed them
him to announce.
"He admitted to this fact
in his own hand-written
statement that he earlier
signed even though he refused to come back to the
Commission's office for further
debriefing to ascertain who delivered the prepared election results
In another disposition, the
INEC said the lecturer stood as a
witness against the commission
at the tribunal "to defend the same
election results he did not collate,
but were given to him by undisclosed persons.
Aisien added: "Consequent
upon the above, the commission's
headquarters in Abuja, upon the
request of the state office, set up
a panel of investigation to deal with
all cases of electoral offences involving both ad hoc and permanent staff, some of whom have
been dismissed based on the findings of the panel.
"Rather, he threatened legal
action against the commission
through a letter dated August 26,
2020. All efforts to reach him
through the university authorities
also failed as he appears to be on