The AAC presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore in the gathering of INEC officials with political party leaders on Monday, February 13th, 2023, held in Abuja has advised the INEC chairman, yakubu mahmood to speak out now if the election won’t be conducted as planned.
He noted that the CBN would sabotage the electoral process through the current issue of currency circulatory crises.
He said, “In our last meeting, I proposed very strongly that before we grant the central bank of Nigeria the opportunity to handle sensitive material, we should meet with the board of CBN.
“That was my position at the last meeting. It was as if I was seeing into the future that the CBN will try everything they can to sabotage this election, while some did not agree because they had a deal with the CBN governor.
“Now , these same individuals are holding rallies in support of the CBN, holding press conferences in support of the negative and retrogressive money crises in the country.
He stated that the CBN has guaranteed some candidates adequate money just like they guarantee INEC, but INEC should understand that going outside the monetary policy and the budget of the country to guarantee cash is illegal.
He reminded them of the process for moving cash and if cash is moved outside that process, it is money laundering.
“Don’t let anybody promise you cash without the right process.
“Also you cannot deny the fact that people don’t have money to spend because according to INEC rules, i cant vote in abuja, i have to travel to ondo state to go and vote, he added.
He said to the INEC chairman that “There is a monetary crisis in this country and no matter what they are doing to assure you of protection, they have no power to protect you.
“You should worry about nigerian people out there who on the way to this place as i was coming this morning are queuing up in every bank available in the country.
“The fact there is no petrol, gasoline to move your materials around should bother you.
“This is the time to be an activist yourself, ” says Sowore to the INEC chairman, mahmood yakub.
He continued, “Just like the way apc has become activist now. They are the ones who cause the problems, they are the ones who are also activists acting against the problems because they want to distance themselves from the problem they created.
“They are smart in their own ways. They want to make sure that they are not punished for the president they elected.
He said INEC should look at the chance of feasibility to logistically hold this election and tell the public the truth.
“The whole country is looking up to you and you will be blamed if the election fails. Wear the garment of your conscience. If you feel you cannot hold the election, can’t cry out now.
“You have a historical duty to make this election work, if you think you are being sabotaged, cry out now.
Sowore then further asked the INEC chairman three questions.
If there is an election runoff, are you prepared for it? And if it’s true that you are prepared, which party is on your ballot paper?
How many people have collected their PVC as of today?
You have one hundred and seventy six polling units and one hundred and six million polling agents, which parties sufficed these polling agents?
Help us it breakdown, how many polling agents were submitted to your office per party so that we don’t end up with one million polling agents for one party and the rest parties are sharing five hundred thousand.