The Independent National Electoral Commission have been rebuked for liking a tweet that criticized the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
INEC, on Wednesday, was heavily chastised by Twitter users for liking a tweet that was referred to as partisan and anti the Peter Obi movement.
The last son of the late legendary singer, Fela Anikulapo, Seun Kuti, had called the former Anambra governor an ‘Opportunist’ on Twitter.
Amongst many other things, Seun also explained that the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, is his preferred candidate, even at that, if Sowore wins the 2023 election, he will be unable to function effectively due to the dominance of the Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress in key political positions of government.
The Head of Obi-Datti Media, Diran Onifade, has in a more recent statement slammed INEC, saying the electoral body should be neutral in political matters.
Diran said, “It’s not a hidden fact that in morality and law the election umpire, INEC should not only be neutral but must strive to prevent anything real or imagined to suggest otherwise.
“Obi-Datti Media takes serious exception to INEC liking a post by a partisan person who has chosen a candidate to support.
“We expect the commission to explain to the concerned public who are looking up to them to be above board why they had to show such a level of obvious bias.
“Obi-Datti Media office notes that even if somebody in the Commission’s office wants to be biased, the law has denied them that because of the moral standards being expected of them.
“We expect INEC to come clean on this issue as it’s capable of eroding public confidence in the commission to conduct a free, fair, and transparent election. INEC should publicly apologize to the high-flying LP Presidential standard bearer.”
Meanwhile, INEC had responded to the claim, stating that it has no preferred presidential candidate or political party in the forthcoming general elections.
While it was aware of the Twitter incident, it had also launched an investigation into it. The electoral body, therefore, reiterated its neutrality and assured Nigerians that the 2023 general election would be free and fair.