This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
ONDO ELECTION: NO HANKY-PANKY PLEASE
ELECTION: NO HANKY-PANKY PLEASE
Gubernatorial election will be held in Ondo State on Saturday 26th
November, 2016. Already, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
has rejected calls for postponement made by some political parties and insisted
that the election must hold as scheduled.
The Muslim Rights
Concern (MURIC) frowns at INEC’s insistence on holding the election as
scheduled. Nothing makes Saturday sacrosanct. The guiding principle should be
fairness to all parties concerned.
The air of uncertainty orchestrated by lingering court cases
informed the request for postponement made by twenty one (21) political parties
led by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). INEC should have listened to that
request since it would not have been the first time election dates were
The green light given to the Appeal Court by the Supreme Court
came at the twilight of preparations for the election and the final emergence
of Eyitayo Jegede as the PDP’s candidate has vindicated the 21 political
parties which demanded a postponement. A political climate enveloped by a thick
cloud of uncertainty is definitely not the best in the circumstances.
Viewed from this
perspective, the PDP’s candidate has been heavily shortchanged particularly because
he has little or no time to campaign, review his strategy and marshal his
arsenal of opportunities before the final onslaught. In short, INEC has not
created a level playing ground for all parties.
The onus is therefore on INEC to prove its good intention. INEC
has the responsibility to put all its cards on the table in order to gain the
confidence of all stakeholders. The electoral body must ensure a free, fair and
In the same vein, the security agencies should not allow
themselves to be used for selfish ends. They must see themselves as the only
umpires in the competition taking place on the field of democracy. They should
manifest highest level of professionalism. Their neutrality before, during and
after the election is very crucial to the attainment of a peaceful, free and
MURIC reminds all
stakeholders that Ondo State is a very volatile state. Ondo was at the
forefront in the days of ‘operation wet-e’ in the Wild Wild West of the 60s and
it remains a riot-prone zone to date. While we acknowledge the herculean task
before the security agencies, we affirm that only an unbiased composure will ensure
a hitch-free electoral exercise. There should be no hanky-panky.
In conclusion, we appeal to the good people of Ondo State to
prove to the world that they are not only leading in the field of education,
but that they can also be models in political maturity. We therefore appeal to
them to maintain high standards of electoral decorum in terms of calmness,
peacefulness and respect for law and order throughout the period of the
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)