By Temidayo Okeseeyin
LAGOSâ€”A constitutional lawyer, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has warned thatÂ there can never be any credible elections in Nigeria with Prof. Maurice Iwu as chairman ofÂ the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC).
Speaking at the Faculty of Law Distinguished Jurists lecture ofÂ Lagos State University, Sagay said,Â â€œhow do you expect a free and fair election from INEC, when Maurice Iwu is a board member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in disguise who wouldÂ do anything to see his party win elections?â€
The law professor who spoke on the pitfalls of theÂ 2007 general elections, reiterated the fact thatÂ on several occasions,Â INEC had been criticized on the way and manner in which it woefully conducted elections in various states of the country.
Sagay saidÂ INEC was not fair in its dealings on the election conducted, saying â€œthey are bunch of people with no remorse, no shame and they all need to be cleared out of the house and new people that are ready to work should be recruited.â€
Asked on his opinion on the current Niger Delta crisis going on between the Federal Government and the militants, Sagay said â€œlooking at the case critically, we could conclude that the government has not killed or apprehended any militant compared to theÂ innocent victims that have been killed or displaced due to the war in the state.
Much improvement have not been made since the war started and because of the countryâ€™s image, the earlier it is stopped the better it is.â€ The Professor noted that the elections organised by the military were more credible than the ones organised by civilians.