The Independent National Electoral Commission’s meeting with political parties ahead of the November 11 has abruptly ended due to protest.
The trouble started immediately after INEC’s national commissioner representing South East, Kenneth Ukeagu, ordered journalists to turn off their cameras and other gadgets.
Ukeagu was the representative of the national chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, at the event.
Members of the opposition political parties led by the running mates of the Labour Party governorship candidate, Tony Nwulu, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jones Onyereri, opposed the directive, according to Channels.
They alleged that the call by INEC’s chairman was a confirmation that the All Progressives Congress had made arrangements with the electoral umpire to rig the election.
Nwulu insisted that there was no way the media would be shut out of the stakeholders’ meeting.
He asked Ukeagu if the meeting was “a secret cult” and said that it was a plan by INEC to rig the election in favour of the APC.
The PDP governorship candidate’s running mate, Onyereri supported Nwulu and displayed copies of documents he described as fake results sheets posted on the INEC’s portal during the House of Assembly election in the state.