Lagosâ€”All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA has criticised the ruling of a Federal High Court,Â Lagos on Independent National Electoral Commission, INECâ€™s competence to conduct elections.
Mr Nkem Lemchi, Lagos State Secretary of APGA, told newsmen in Lagos that the nationâ€™s primary concern should be how the Justice Mohammad Uwaisâ€™ committee report on electoral reforms could be implemented.
According to him, â€œwhat the court should think about is how the electoral reforms on which we wasted tax payersâ€™ money can be implemented and executed for the purpose of peace, credibility and fairness of election in Nigeria. Nigerians have a way of beating about the bush when the substance is there to pursue, we are pursuing shadows,â€ he said.
According to Lemchi, INEC has been conducting series of elections with the current composition, for â€œthe court to come out now to say that INEC is incompetent, it is highly belatedâ€™.â€™
INECâ€™s Board of National Commissioners has four members instead of thirteen as stated in the constitution.
One-third of the 13 national commissioners, required for INEC is five as against the present four that have continued to decide the policies of INEC.
On the just-concluded Anambra poll, Lemchi criticised politicians who said the election was flawed.
â€œThe election was credible, anybody that says it is not credible is just being mischievous,â€Â he said.
Lemchi noted that there should be limitation to peopleâ€™s complaints after losing an election in order not to jeopardise the interest of the masses.
According to him, although there were some avoidable lapses by INEC in terms of voters register, none of the candidates has an undue advantage over the other.
â€œINEC did well in Anambra election compared to other elections in terms of credibility. But it is agreed that many of the voters were disenfranchised but that did not mean that there was no attempt to rig because there was information that some people were thumb printing in some places. ButÂ INEC did not allow their plans to materialise,â€ the party chief said.