Written by David Ugbabe
Dr. Maurice Iwu, the former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that the current attacks and destruction of the offices of the commission in Imo and other South East states by gunmen would not destroy the democratic process in Nigeria.
Dr. Iwu who is currently the chairman of the Imo Economic Development Initiative (IEDI) told Arise News, yesterday, that “People burning INEC offices have a political undertone and it has been made very clear and definitive. Luckily for the country, INEC is robust enough to withstand it because most of their data can be replicated in no time and even if you destroy their offices in Abuja, election would still go on because of their data dynamics.”
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He questioned the mission of the gun men on the destruction of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). “Someone who burn the commission’s offices, what does the person want to achieve except to destroy the democratic process? But I don’t think they would succeed in that because it is a waste of time and resources. Whoever is doing that is doing it against Nigerians because it is the resources that should have been used for other things that would be used to rebuild the structures,” Iwu said
He noted that the cause of the crisis in Imo State has led to the burning of police stations and INEC offices and is a culmination of many issues ranging from politics to feelings. He therefore, therefore called for dialogue.