CROSIEC Boss Denies He Was Pressured By PDP To Bar APC From Elections-CHANNELS TV

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Sir Patrick Otu on Sunrise Daily
Sir Patrick Otu on Sunrise Daily

The Chairman of the Cross River Independent State Electoral Commission (CROISEC), Patrick Otu, has denied allegations that he called APC chieftain, Obono Obla, to say that the PDP led state government was pressuring him to bar the APC from contesting.

Following protests by the All progressives Congress (APC) that the recently concluded local council election in Rivers State was ‘a sham’ and ‘mere charade’, Mr Otu has replied stating that people will always debate and argue about elections when they come.

“Merger of parties is a novelty in our political system and so no law contemplates the merger of parties” he said adding that CROSIEC does not register parties.

Speaking about APC’s inability to contest in the elections, Otu stated that shortly after APC was registered, INEC “referred us to the electoral act, section 84(6), which states that a newly registered party shall only participate in elections after 90 days”.

CROSIEC did not make the electoral act, he said, adding that “we cannot keep a party out of elections”.

On shifting the date of election, in order to allow the APC participate, the CROSIEC boss said the commission can only shift elections “when there is an imminent breakdown of law and order”.

He also said only the State Assembly as well as the Chief Executive of the State can raise the issue of shifting elections. “That is what the law states,” he said.

Responding to allegations made by Agba Jalingo, who had observed the election process, Mr Otu denied calling APC chieftain, Obla, informing him of the pressure mounted on him by the PDP, to ensure that APC was unable to contest in the elections.

However, he admitted that the APC had applied for an extension of the election date, stating that “APC did not write to us to extend, referring to any law

Their letter was an appeal”.

He disclosed that NCP, PPA, APGA participated in the election.

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2 commentsOn CROSIEC Boss Denies He Was Pressured By PDP To Bar APC From Elections-CHANNELS TV

  • INEC called Sir Patrick Otu and said do not allow APC part take in the election, that is his claim but INEC did not call Kwara electoral commission chairman and other states that ran election with APC?

    This man is a serial liar, God help him Knight of the Catholic Church.

  • The Soul that sinneth shall die! Why did it take Patrick Otu one month to refute this allegation? His denial is ambivalent and half hearted. I swear Patrick Otu told me on Phone that he was under tremendous by PDP and Governor Imoke not to allow APC to contest. This was on the 6th August 2013. I had the call while in my office at No. 10 Gimbiya Street, Area 11 Garki Abuja at 2pm. I challenge Patrick Otu to request MTN to release his phone log from 6th August 2013 in order to establish that he did not call me. Patrick Otu went further to suggest that APC should write to CROSIEC to request for extension of time. Patrick Otu said he would accede to such request. It was on the strength that the National Secretary wrote to Chairman of CROSIEC on the 23rd August 2013 seeking for extension. However PDP and Governor Imoke got wound of the letter, Patrick Otu was summoned and sternly warned not to allow APC to contest. The next day, a thoroughly cowed Patrick Otu hurriedly arranged a press conference and glibly announced that APC was not eligible to contest the Local Government Councils. Am surprised that Patrick Otu can come this low. I think he should just throw in the towel. He has totally lost all moral authority to continue to remain the Chairman of CROSIEC.

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