An Elder statesman, Edwin Clark has said that the forthcoming elections, starting on Saturday, may not be free, fair and credible.
According to Clark, his reason is based on what he described as a “public confession” of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu.
Yakubu had stated that a senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State, Alhaji Muhammed Sani, was a contractor of the Commission.
Reacting, Clark wondered if it was politically correct for a card-carrying member of APC to be a contractor of INEC.
The Ijaw leader disclosed this while speaking with reporters on Wednesday in his country home in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
He said: “Senatorial Candidate is your contractor supplying sensitive materials?
“I could forgive him (Prof Mahmood) for the benefit of the doubt that he was not in INEC in 2011 and 2015. But there are senior electoral commissioners who should, if they are honest, brief the chairman of this fact.”
He further charged Yakubu to tell Nigerians, “whether the engagement of an interested party as a contractor for the production of sensitive materials is morally and politically justifiable and if elections conducted in such a situation will be free, fair and credible.”