….Maduekwe misrepresented on Iwu, says aide
By Jide Ajani and Abayomi Adeshida
THE National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu, has asked why the Foreign Affairs Minister, ChiefÂ Ojo Maduekwe, is still serving in the President Umar Yarâ€™Adua administration if, indeed, he has any honour in him.
Iwu is asking the question against the backdrop of the statement credited to Maduekwe in the United States of America that the election which brought Yarâ€™Adua to power was flawed.
Iwu, speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Andy Ezeani, stated that, â€œthere is something contradictory and immoral in a situation where a man accepts to serve in a government and turns round to say that the election that brought in the government he is part of was flawed and yet he is not planning to quit the office.â€
This is also coming at a time when a source in the Presidency has expressed angst at the statement credited to Maduekwe, insisting that his statement was capable of polluting a polity that was just beginning to stabilise after the myriad of attempts â€œby the opposition to create confusion using sloganeering schemes masked with electoral reform mantra.â€
Maduekwe misrepresented on Iwu, says aide
NEW YORK-An aide to the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Udo Uduma, yesterdayÂ statedÂ that during an audience with the American Assistant Secretary of State on African Affairs, Mr. Johnnie Carson,Â Â the Minister, ChiefÂ Ojo Maduekwe,Â expressed the views that President Yarâ€™AduaÂ himself demonstratedÂ considerable integrity when in his inaugural speech he admitted that the electoral process that brought him into office had flaws that require institutional, procedural and perhaps personnel changes to guarantee credible elections in the future.
In a reaction to the story published in Vanguard on the reappointment of , Prof. Maurice Iwu, Uduma maintained that what the minister said was â€œthe appointment of Prof. Iwu is subject to statute and the President would not remove him from office in violation of the law governing that office in accordance with the rule of law posture of the President.