Retain Only People With Integrity In INEC, Group Tells Buhari

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The Northern Emancipation Network (NEN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the list of Commissioners nominated to fill vacancies in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and retain people with integrity just like himself.

Recall that President Buhari had written to the Senate, seeking the confirmation of the nominees as National Commissioners and Resident Electoral Commissioner for INEC.

The nominees are: 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.

But NEN has asked Buhari to withdraw the list as he did with the initial NNPC Board members and retain only people with integrity.

A statement issued by the group’s General Secretary, Abba Suleiman Abdulazeez, said President Buhari should consider the growing concerns over the quality of nominees forwarded to the Senate for confirmation as National Commissioners.

“We categorically align with the disappointment expressed 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.

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