The Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi was the focus of a tweet from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reacted to
In a statement released on Wednesday night, INEC stated that it had no preferred presidential candidate or political party for the elections of 2023.
The electoral umpire’s confirmation of its objectivity comes in response to harsh criticism that it received when its Twitter account liked a message on social media that characterized Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate, as an opportunist.
As previously reported by Thisweekng, Seun, the son of the late great singer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, shared footage in which he called the former governor of Anambra State a “opportunist.”
The musician declared that Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate for the African Action Congress (AAC), is his top choice.
In response to the saga, INEC stated that it had taken notice of the Twitter incident and has launched an investigation.
The electoral umpire reaffirmed its neutrality and gave Nigerians assurances that the 2023 general election would be free and fair.
The full INEC statement reads: “The attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been drawn to a post on its Twitter handle, liking a post relating to one of the 18 Presidential candidates.
“The Commission is an independent electoral body and does not have preference for any candidate or political party. The Commission assures all Nigerians of its neutrality and will conduct a general election that is free and fair to all. The allegiance of the Commission is to the people of Nigeria.
“In the meantime, the Commission is investigating the circumstances that led to the liking of the said post and will take appropriate disciplinary actions if an infraction is established.”