OrderPaperToday – A crisis of confidence is currently brewing in the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) over a statement which attacked the Supreme Court verdict on some state governorship elections.

Indications are emerging that the statement issued on behalf the group, a frontline coalition of election observation organizations in the country, did not receive the endorsement of the board and top management cadre of TMG.

ORDERPAPER.NG reliably gathered that the statement was orchestrated solely by the chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Zikirulahi without consultations and consensus as usually required by the governing statutes of TMG before such weighty positions are taken and made public.

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Recall that the TMG had few days issued a statement condemning the judgement of the Supreme Court which upheld the elections of Governors Nyesom Wike and Emmanuel Udom of Rivers and Akwa Ibom States respectively.

Both governors are of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and were challenged up to the supreme court by candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The strongly worded statement had accused the learned justices of the apex court of giving judgment and not justice thereby legalizing electoral robberies.

But findings by ORDERPAPER.NG revealed that apart from not being consulted on the statement, top hierarchy of the group are miffed by the fact that the statement did not resonate with earlier positions taken by TMG on the elections which merely raised observations on voters turn out and not necessarily the credibility or otherwise of the polls.

Different sources confirmed to ORDERPAPER.NG that TMG did not even monitor the governorship polls in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states in the first place and so could not been in a position to comment on sanctity or otherwise of the process.

In any case, the sources further informed, the board and management would not have agreed to such blatant attack on the justices of the highest court of the land as put out in the chairman’s statement.

Some members of the group who declined to be named for now, are already pointing fingers at the chairman for using TMG to pursue personal political interests.



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