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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Tinubu advised to sack INEC Chairman

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President Bola Tinubu has been advised to sack Mr. Mahmood Yakubu as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This advice is coming from the former President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba, SAN.

He made the call in a statement on Wednesday by his media aide, Niyi Odunmorayo, Agbakoba.

Saying the electoral reform task in Nigeria could be impeded if the INEC Chairman is not removed or resigns, the lawyer said the only forward is to get the INEC boss out of the way.

He also commended the President for suspending Mr. Godwin Emefiele as the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); and AbdulRasheed Bawa as the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He said, “Full congratulations go to President Tinubu for getting rid of Emefiele and Bawa and fuel subsidy and forex corruption. Endemic corruption has suffered a massive blow.

“Next is for the president to dismantle INEC. Everyone will agree that logistically, the 2023 elections are the worst in our history. I do not refer to the merits of the results of the elections. Many results are disputed and are in Tribunals. Both petitioners and respondents suffered at the hands of an incompetent INEC.

“As we await rulings from the courts massive reforms of the electoral framework ought to begin but this means that the INEC Chairman will have to leave office by resignation or removal, otherwise the reform task will be impeded.

“I add very quickly that the suggested reforms have nothing to do with the merits of election results at all. Both winners and losers of the elections were victims of the failure of INEC. Confidence in Nigeria’s democracy will be enhanced by a deep cleansing of INEC.”

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