The National Human Rights Commission has indicted a former Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, Prof. Maurice Iwu, former Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan and about 116 others as part of those who violated electoral laws and committed fraud in the 2007 and 2011 elections respectively.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Ben Angwe, said those indicted will be further investigated and charged to the appropriate courts of the land.
The report noted that violence has become part and parcel of elections in Nigeria, noting that cases of ballot box snatching, kidnapping, and even murder have been reported during various elections conducted in Nigeria.
Prof. Angwe said that it will no longer be business as usual as anyone found wanting will be charged to the appropriate court.
Speaking on behalf of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), a National Commissioner in the organization, Mr Adedeji Shoyebi, said violence has contributed to the recent inconclusiveness of elections across the country and advocated for an electoral offences court as a solution to the menace.
The Chairman of the Technical Working Committee, which carried out the review of the elections, Prof. Nsongura Udombana, gave a breakdown of those indicted by the various electoral tribunals across the country.
Other persons indicted by the reports are a former Governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, a former Acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Obafemi, the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in the 2015 election in Benue State, Mr. Terhemen Tarzoor and a former Kebbi South Senator, Maj.-Gen. Tanko Ayuba (rtd).
Others are the Ekiti North Senator, Ayo Arise, former Ondo South Senator, Hosea Ehinlanwo, INEC and many of its officers, the PDP, the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, and the All Nigerian Peoples Party.