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Blame game takes centre stage over INEC’s ability to Strengthen democracy

Rotimi Akeredeolu A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said the political class and not the Independent National Electoral Commission should be blamed for inconclusive elections in the country.

Akeredolu, spoke in an interview with newsmen after collecting his APC nomination and intention forms at the APC national secretariat in his race for the Ondo State government house.

He explained that INEC had always made efforts to ensure the conduct of successful elections, but lamented that the political class had frustrated the commission by putting a lot of impediments on the way of the electoral body.

He, however, said the current INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, must build on the legacy of his predecessor, Prof. Attahiru Jega.

Akeredolu said, “I can assure you of one thing, these inconclusive elections have been worrisome to everybody but the question must be asked, who is to blame?

“I think the blame is for all of us and I want to believe that mainly, the blame is for politicians because when INEC makes some efforts to put in place all their preparations towards elections, politicians will go ahead and put impediments on INEC’s path, it is an unfortunate development.”

His comments may not be unconnected to the view of a former governor of Imo state, Chief Ikedi Ohakim who berated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over results published after last Saturday elections in Imo North, Isiala Mbano and Oru East state constituencies.

Stating that the result was a rape on the nation’s democracy, adding that if things  continued that way, it meant the country’s  democracy was under serious threat.

Chief Ikedi Ohakim noted that this threat to the country’s democracy was more dangerous than Boko haram or the Niger Delta Avengers, Adding that “The idea of discountenancing the results entered on the relevant INEC forms must be checked”

“This poses dangerous threat to our democracy even more than Boko Haram and the Niger Delta Avengers It is important that the relevant agencies of government take steps to do the right things and declare the right candidates, winners, to avert the consequences of an angry people.’’

 

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