The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday charged the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to spend the nearly two years ahead of the next general election to rejig the commission, work out appropriate electoral policies and guidelines and push for amendment of the Electoral Act, in conjunction with the National Assembly, to give the nation a credible electoral process.
The main opposition party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it had noted the reappointment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party stated that his re-appointment entrusted in his hands the fate, hope and future of over 200 million Nigerians as well as that of generations yet unborn.
“In the light of this five-year extension, our party hopes that the failures, disappointments and miscarriages that characterized the first five years tenure of Yakubu will have no place in the new order.
“It is therefore instructive to state that with his re-appointment, Prof Yakubu has been given an ample time and opportunity to redeem himself, the image of the commission and preparation for credible, free and fair
elections in our country.
“At least, with this reappointment whatever happens in our future elections cannot be ascribed to inexperience and lack of adequate preparedness on the side of INEC.
“Furthermore, we consider this reappointment by President Buhari as an impetus to demonstrate a readiness for a free fair and credible election, which Mr. President had always promised to bequeath at the end
of his second and final term in office in 2023.
“We therefore charge the INEC Chairman to spend the nearly two years ahead of the next general election to rejig the commission, work out appropriate electoral policies and guidelines and push for amendment of
the Electoral Act, in conjunction with the National Assembly, to give our nation a credible electoral process,” PDP said.
The party said Professor Yakubu must be mindful of the aphorism that “to whom much is given, much more is expected”.
“His reappointment therefore comes with a lot of expectations by Nigerians. He must quickly take painstaking look into issues that aid
manipulations, rigging, violence and inconclusive elections which marred
most of the exercises conducted in his previous tenure.
“Prof. Yakubu should note that the future, stability and corporate existence of our nation have been entrusted in his hands as credible election is the bedrock of any democratic society,” PDP added.
The party also urged the National Assembly, particularly, the Senate, to focus on these pertinent issues in the course of screening Prof. Yakubu to ensure that the failures of the past were not given accommodation in the new era.