Civil Society Organization – COCMEP justified the postponement of Edo guber election to 28th September by INEC on security, legal & historical grounds
As controversy trails the postponement of the Edo State gubernatorial election from 11th September to 28th September 2016 by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), a Civil Society Organization and Pro-Democracy Group, Coalition of Civil Society and Media Executives for Policy Stability (COCMEP) has justified the postponement on security, legal and historical grounds.
The National President of COCMEP, Comrade Innocent Ebirim Okadigbo endorsed the postponement in a press briefing in Abuja recently.
He stated that the new date is within the legal timetable permitted by law to conduct the election.
According to him, the advice for the postponement by the Nigerian Police and the State Security Service was strong, ominous, frightening, overwhelming and irresistible.
He said it would be foolhardy for INEC to go ahead with the election against such compelling security alerts.
COCMEP further exonerated INEC of any blame in the matter.
Comrade Okadigbo referred the critics of the Edo State postponement to the 2015 general election which was postponed by six weeks based on security alert by the then Office of the National Security Adviser and the postponement did not alter anything after all.
He expressed optimism that the real winner to be voted by the majority will still emerge irrespective of the postponement.
COCMEP President described the opposition to the Edo State gubernatorial election postponement as frivolous, attention seeking, weak, porous, mischievous and without merit by political noisemakers and talkatives who must speak on every public issue whether what they say has weight or not.
The Activist expressed satisfaction with the level of preparation by INEC for Edo State gubernatorial election before the security alert which prompted the postponement.
He advised the electoral umpire not to use the period of the postponement to compromise the real electoral outcome, however.
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