Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, has urged Nigerians to remain steadfast in journey to save the electoral integrtity of their country.
Chidoka made the call after he officially submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the conduct of 2023 governorship election in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States.
The FOI request which was reportedly acknowledged by INEC seeks a comprehensive accreditation data from the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines used in the election in the three states.
Chidoka who made this known in a statement by his Media aide, Ikechukwu Okafor, said the acknowledgment of the request by INEC was a crucial step in pursuit of an accountable electoral system in the country.
He also said it embodies the unwavering commitment to ensuring that democratic processes in the country reflect the people’s true will and called on Nigerians to remain steadfast in this journey to save the soul of our country.
“Let us not waver in our resolve. The request to INEC and its acknowledgment of the letter is the first step in our quest to reimagine Nigeria. We are hopeful that INEC’s response will be a beacon of hope, signalling that our voices are heard, and our efforts are recognised. It is a testament to our collective power to enact change and fortify the pillars of our democracy.
“I stand determined to fully pursue justice and transparency. Should INEC not respond substantively within the seven-day period mandated by law, I am prepared to initiate legal proceedings,” Chidoka said.
The former Minister of Aviation, revealed that some lawyers are on standby to pursue a legal enforcement of his right to information under the FOIA if necessary.
“I am bolstered by the solidarity of esteemed lawyers who have generously pledged to provide their services pro bono to support this cause, should it be necessary.”
The former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) reiterated that “this is not a lone battle but a shared endeavour for all Nigerians who yearn for an electoral system they can trust. Let us unite in this effort, for the integrity of our democracy is at stake.
“We will remain vigilant and proactive, ready to take the necessary steps to protect the sanctity of our votes and the democratic values we hold dear,” he said.