By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS – Following an alleged contracts worth N2.174 billion said to be awarded in two days last month by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Action Congress (AC), urged the Federal Government to immediately set up a probe panel to find out the veracity of the report.
AC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, asked forÂ probe into the yet-to-be-refuted report whichÂ AC described as â€˜contract bazaarâ€™
AC stressed that the probe became necessary to determine whether the award of the contracts followed due process, and, to unravel the reason or reasons behind such a maddening rush in the contracts award.
The party expressed its worry that the retroactive award of some of the contracts and the fact that they were awarded by an INEC that is not properly constituted – with only four out of 14 commissioners (including the INEC boss) in place – have raised eyebrows on the â€˜contract bazaarâ€™.
AC said if the â€˜rule of law and due processâ€™ mantra of the Yarâ€™Adua administration is not a ruse, it will order an immediate probe of such profligacy as was revealed in INEC by a national newspaper.
â€œMore worrisome is the report that the contracts were awarded by the same INEC cabal that has an unresolved case with the EFCC. Apparently, these INEC staffers believe they are above the laws of the land, and that Yarâ€™Adua administrationâ€™s rule of law/due process is meant for others.
â€œWhy will INEC Chairman Maurice Iwu and his cohorts in INEC not thumb their nose at the government and people of Nigeria, when all their excesses are being swept under the carpet by the Yarâ€™Adua administration, which seems so beholding to the electoral body that it (govt) is now being held to ransom by it (INEC)?â€™â€™ AC queried.