Rights Commission wants Iwu, Uduaghan tried for electoral fraud

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The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has indicted a former Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan and a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Maurice Iwu, for electoral fraud during the 2007 and 2011 general elections.

Aside Uduaghan and Iwu, the NHRC also said some other individuals, government institutions, security agencies and their personnel, were contributors to the widespread electoral fraud in the two elections.

The NHRC stated this in a report it released at its headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.

According to the report, the individuals and institutions are part of those indicted by the election petition tribunals and appellate judicial bodies which sat on cases that arose from the 2007 and 2011 election cycles.

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The report also indicted a former Governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, a former Acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi, and the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in the 2015 election in Benue State, Mr. Terhemen Tarzoor.

Also indicted are a former Kebi South Sentor, Maj.-Gen. Tanko Ayuba (retd), and a former Ekiti North Senator, Ayo Arise, a former Ondo South Senator, Hosea Ehinlanwo.

The report also named INEC, many INEC officers, the PDP, the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN and the All Nigerian Peoples Party.

The NHRC report asked the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to commence criminal prosecution of the indicted persons.

It also recommended the indicted government institutions, political parties and lawyers to relevant government agencies for administrative and professional sanctions.

By Timothy Enietan-Matthews

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