Women Arise, one of the groups accredited to monitor Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ondo State has responded to the statement by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), that it is not qualified to monitor the election.
The group in a statement by its president Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, said within 24 hours, the ACN issued two statements calling on INEC to disqualify it from monitoring the election because the husband to the president of the group had at one time expressed sympathy for one of the political parties contesting the election.
The group said ACN has no moral right to make such a statement as the ACN leader is known to have sponsored one of the groups accredited to monitor the election.
The ACN however insisted that the accreditation of Women Arise to observe the election should be withdrawn because its impartiality is questionable.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the vehemence with which Dr. Okei-Odumakin defended her group, even resorting to the use of uncouth language, shows that the ACN hit the bull’s eye with its earlier statement.
‘’What we said in our earlier statement is that INEC, in its choice of which election observers to accredit, has exhibited gross partisanship in favour of the Labour Party (LP) in Ondo for the following reasons: The Coalition of Democrats for Election Reforms (CODER) was de-accredited, apparently on the basis of alleged partisanship, and in its place Women Arise was accredited; That Women Arise cannot be put up as neutral when its President is the wife of Yinka Odumakin, who has openly endorsed Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of LP, in addition to being a political associate of Pastor Tunde Bakare who has also endorsed Gov. Mimiko,” Mohammed restated.
Culled from Daily trust