Kenneth Okonkwo, a Nollywood actor turned politician, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of purposefully rigging the outcome of the 2023 presidential election.
Okonkwo, a Labour Party (LP) spokesperson, remarked that it is sad that INEC is downplaying its inability to transmit, transfer, or upload the results of the 2023 presidential election to the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) platform and server.
According to Information Nigeria, the LP chieftain made the statement in response to INEC National Commissioner Festus Okoye’s interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday night.
As previously reported by this medium, Okoye remarked that Nigerians should not assess the commission’s performance in the 2023 elections solely on the difficulty encountered in uploading presidential election results to its viewing page.
“It is not fair to judge the entire performance of the commission based on a glitch in the result upload for the presidential election,” he said.
“Almost all political parties nominated and received accreditation for at least 170,000 polling agents.” That is, they had firsthand knowledge of the results of the polling units.
“The results from the polling units, as well as the BVAS as a machine, are sent to the collation center.” As a result, it is not accurate for a political party to rely solely on result upload to obtain evidence with which to prosecute its case in court.”
During the interview, Okoye said that political parties contesting the election’s conclusion should not depend solely on electronically uploaded results because they all had agents at the various polling units who supervised the process.
When pressed by media personality Seun Okinbaloye to explain what caused the malfunction, he responded that he doesn’t know much about technology and can’t go into it.
In response, Okonkwo angrily disagreed with Okoye’s answer, claiming that the INEC spokesperson’s views fell short of expectations and confirming a premeditated attempt to rig the 2023 presidential election outcomes.
“I just finished watching Festus Okoye, INEC Commissioner for Voter Education, on Politics Today, Channels TV, June 29th, 2023, at 7pm, and the interview has confirmed my long-held belief that INEC rigged the election to declare their preferred candidate in the presidential election.”
“First and foremost, lawyers are considered “learned” since they know little about every discipline and investigate where to find answers to every topic. This is why they can defend doctors, engineers, scientists, and other professionals in court.
“It was nauseating that four months after the presidential election, the “learned” Festus Okoye admitted on public television that he has no idea what caused the non-transmission, transfer, or non-uploading of the presidential election results on the IREV Portal and the Server because it was technical.”
“Meanwhile, the same Okoye, who has not appeared in the Presidential Election Petition Court, claimed that he knew what was going on in Court, while he doesn’t know what went wrong with results transmission even though he was present in the situation room.” Isn’t it unfortunate that Okoye conceded they couldn’t broadcast the presidential results yet referred to the failure as the “only” presidential election?
“The failing INEC refers to this election, which was the most significant election, as “only.” He falsely claimed that INEC provided all papers and complied with all court subpoenas.
“INEC even openly admitted to the court that some of the documents did not exist.” INEC even refused to receive a subpoena from a court Baliff in order to impose a faith accompli on the Petitioners.
“It is unfortunate that Festus Okoye is lying on top of INEC’s failure to perform its duties in accordance with the law.” Okoye said that the Adamawa REC may be charged in court soon, but no one has been held accountable for not transferring and uploading presidential results to date.
“It will be difficult for us to make progress in Nigeria with incompetent and dishonest people like this in INEC.” If the Adamawa REC is a demon, the INEC leadership in Abuja is a devil.”