Abuja — THE senator representing Eket senatorial district of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Eme Ekaette, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Chairmn, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to probe the commission's report of the primaries and officials who monitored the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primaries held in the zone.
Alleging compromise and collusion by INEC officials in the PDP's National Assembly primaries in Akwa Ibom State, Ekaette called for a probe of the officials.
In a petition to the commission, Ekaette stressed that this would help ascertain their culpability in what she described as a sham called primaries, with a view to redressing the situation.
The senator, who is the wife of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Ufot Ekaette, in the petition accused the INEC officers who monitored the primaries of compromising to write a report that did not reflect what took place during the exercise.
Rejecting the primaries, Ekaette, who also copied the department of State Security Service, SSS, alleged that the INEC officials might have been induced, even as she said that the monitors failed to capture the violence that characterised the primaries in their advertised report.
"Can the presence of the State Attorney General, other state commissioners who are agents of aspirants be considered to be free and fair?
"Why did your advertised report not disclose the Returning Officers of the said free and fair exercise at Eket Township stadium?
"On the premise of the aforementioned, it is evidenced that your advertised report is a product of compromised and induced tendencies and, therefore, necessitates investigations in all material particulars."
Senator Ekaette, who explained that the commission's representatives failed to indicate in their report that the PDP ward congresses in the state, which was scheduled for December 28, 2011, and from where the delegates to elect the National Assembly candidates should have emerged, did not hold. Senator Ekaette said.
Studying the report by INEC, she, however, raised some salient issues that INEC chairman should clarify, querying: "Were the presence of armed soldiers in a peaceful political party primaries within the consideration of your report be considered to be free and fair?
"If this is in affirmative, was the explosion and manhandling of citizen Anthony Etifit by soldiers at Eket Stadium premises, which occasioned the death of the said late Anthony Etifit, whose case and autopsy report are with the police in Akwa Ibom State, be reasonably considered to be a fair and free process?"