A civil society organisation , Centre for Transparency Advocacy, on Tuesday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to complete the collation of results of the Imo North senatorial election and declare a winner .
The centre’ s position was made known by its Director, Legal and Documentation , Ohazuruike Tochukwu, at a press conference in Abuja .
Senatorial election and supplementary polls were held in the senatorial district on February 23 and March 9 respectively .
The electoral body was said to have set up a committee to ascertain the authenticity of allegations of misconduct during the election .
Tochukwu told reporters that a senator who is claiming to have won the election was discovered to have printed his own result sheets and started claiming that he has been declared winner .
He also called on INEC to report officially to the acting Inspector – General of Police , Mohammed Adamu , and ask that criminal investigation and prosecution should be initiated against the senator and the returning officer .
He said , “ INEC , should in this circumstance, do the only right thing which is to complete the collation of results and make a declaration and return a winner .
“ INEC should know that where this type of criminal act is allowed to go unpunished , politicians will in subsequent elections print their own result sheets and then struggle for who the returning officer will declare .
“ It will permanently destroy the credibility and sanctity of our elections.
This evil introduced by this senator must be nipped in the bud.
“ INEC must rise to the occasion and be firm in getting to the root of this matter.
“Every and any person found to have a hand in faking an INEC result sheet must be recommended for prosecution to serve as deterrent to others. ”
Tochukwu said while grappling with other challenges which the last elections threw up , INEC could not allow the “ avoidable criminal challenge to rear his ugly head . ”
He added , “ This monstrous head must be cut off now and not tomorrow.
“ Nigerians should also rise in defence and commendation of the commission when it takes such bold and unprecedented steps to save our democracy .
“ We also call on INEC to make the findings of the committee public so that Nigerians can understand and appreciate what it has done.
“ This will also ensure that rumours and speculations are not used by enemies of our democracy to misinform and misdirect the public .