Nigerian attorney and the Director of Strategic Communications of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 campaign organization, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has described those who protested at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as “known masters of rigging”.
Concise News had reported earlier that Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, led a protest to INEC headquarters over the Osun governorship election.
Among those who joined the protest were PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal, former governor of Jigawa Sule Lamido, and Ben Bruce, senator representing Bayelsa east.
The PDP leaders had demanded that the electoral body declare Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as the winner of the poll.
At the protest, the PDP leaders and members also described INEC as an arm of the federal government. The opposition had claimed that the rerun was rigged in favour of the APC.
Concise News had reported that PDP candidate defeated Gbenga Oyetola, his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, with 353 votes but INEC declared the election inconclusive and fixed a rerun won by Oyetola.
Reacting to the protest via his Twitter handle, Keyamo, said “the protest was more about the refusal of INEC to allow them practice their trade”.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria noted that: “Some Nigerians I saw were laughing out so loud today when they saw pictures of some know masters of rigging ‘protesting’ at INEC office against ‘rigging’ in Osun State,” Keyamo wrote.
“I, therefore, concluded that the protest was more about the refusal of INEC to allow them practice their trade.”