The Northern Emancipation Network (NEN) has enjoined President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the proposed list of Commissioners to fill vacancies in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and retain people with like himself interms of integrity.
It could be recalled that President Buhari had written to the Senate, seeking the confirmation of some nominees for the post of National Commissioners and Resident Electoral Commissioner for INEC.
The nominees included :Mallam Mohammed Haruna (North-Central) – National Commissioner; Mrs May Agbamuche Mbu (South-South) – National Commissioner; Okeagu Kenneth Nnamdi (South-East) – National Commissioner; Maj. Gen. A.B. Alkali (retd.) (North-East) – National Commissioner; Engr. Prof. Rada H Gumus (South-South) – National Commissioner; Mr Sam Olumeku (South-West) – National Commissioner, and Olaniyi Olaleye Ijalaye (Ondo State) – Resident Electoral Commissioner.
However, NEN asked Buhari to withdraw the list as he did with the initial NNPC Board members with a view to retaining only people with integrity.
It further said President Buhari should consider the growing concerns over the quality of nominees forwarded to the Senate for confirmation as National Commissioners.
NEN categorically align with the disappointment uttered by the AYCF that the list clearly excluded known persons of solid reputation and commitment to credible elections since they were appointed to the nation’s Election Management Body in 2011.
“We are of the firm view that elections are the most important process that gives Nigerians the opportunity to alter the course of development that can change their lives. We are opposed to any form of electoral banditry that will put this country into a deeper problem in addition to the current situation of things in Northern Nigeria and many other parts of the country, with growing insecurity and ineffectual governance at the grassroots.