Electoral Malpractice: Osunbor, Olafemi Condemn NHRC Report

NHRC indicts Oserheimen Osunbor and Clarence OlafemiA former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, has faulted the report of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that indicted him for electoral offence.

Professor Osunbor described the allegation as malicious and unfounded during an interview with Channels Television.

“It is a pity that a body that calls himself a human rights commission should be violating the human rights of people.

“I believe something is seriously wrong with our human rights commission for them to be indicting somebody. They never invited me for any investigation.

“They should tell the world what offence I committed and I will be prepared to face the investigation if that is actually the case,” he said.

The former governor stated that the NHRC also acted in contempt of court for indicting him a second time after he had earlier sued them for indicting him falsely.

Meanwhile, a former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly and acting governor of the state, Mr Clarence Olafemi, has threatened to sue the NHRC for including his name in the list of people indicted for electoral malpractices during the 2007 and 2011 general elections.NHRC indicts Oserheimen Osunbor and Clarence Olafemi

Mr Olafemi told Channels Television he had been cleared by the Appeal Court and wondered why the issue was being brought up at this time.

“We have written them (NHRC) before when that issue was being paraded by the same body, some five or six years ago.

“The Court of Appeal has ruled that I have not committed any electoral offence. Are they better than the Court of Appeal?” the former acting governor questioned.

The reactions are coming after the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, aslo said that the NHRC was wrong to have accused him of being involved in electoral malpractice during the 2007/2011 general elections.

He said that the commission did not properly study the judgment of the Appeal Court in Benin, which removed him, adding that the judgment later proved to have been wrongly given against him.

The NHRC report on ending electoral impunity had indicted 118 persons of committing various forms of malpractices and violence during the 2007/2011 general elections in Nigeria.

Amongst those indicted by the report were Dr. Uduaghan, former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, a former acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi and a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu among others.

Kogi government denies any role in state’s assembly crises

Disturbed by series of the allegations levelled against it by People’s Democratic Party (PDP) elders forum in Abuja, the Kogi state government has reacted by telling its own side of the story.

At a press conference in Lokoja the state capital, the Kogi state Commissioner for Information, Mr Yabagi Bologi told reporters that the state governor Captain Idris Wada is not responsible for the crisis faced by the PDP in the state.

Bologi explained that a group of self-styled PDP elders in Kogi, setting aside all known rules of constructive criticism and positive engagement, chose to attack the credibility of the state governor and describe him as an inept, corrupt and rudderless leader.

The Commissioner noted that the state governor has emphasised that he has no hand in the impeachment of former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Honourable Abdullahi Bello.

He challenged those making the allegation to come up with evidence as he claimed that they are on a wild goose chase.

The Commissioner stressed that the crises in the House of Assembly is purely an internal affair of the lawmakers and the executive have resisted every attempt to take sides in the crises.

Also reacting to barrage of allegations, the Special Adviser to the state governor on media and strategy, Mr Jacob Edi, referred to the PDP elders as ‘failed politicians’ who have nothing to offer the state. He declared that the state governor has come to stay.