In a recent interview with Arise TV, Segun Sowunmi, a senior PDP chieftain, was challenged about the credibility of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the impending elections in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states. Sowunmi’s answer was scathing of the electoral authority, claiming that INEC’s credibility had suffered as a result of the contentious presidential election.
Sowunmi expressed his doubts, noting that the public no longer trust INEC to keep their promises. He said that, before to the presidential election, INEC guaranteed the public of a free and fair process, but the results fell far short of expectations. As a result, he declared that the public no longer believes in the integrity of the commission.
The comments made by Sowunmi highlight a prevailing sentiment among many Nigerians who have grown disillusioned with the electoral process and the role of INEC. The need for transparency and a level playing field in elections is crucial for upholding the democratic values of the nation.
As the forthcoming elections approach, it remains to be seen how INEC will address these concerns and restore confidence among the electorate.