ByÂ Gbenga Oke
LAGOSâ€”A group, Coalition of South East Professionals, COSEP,Â has described the statement credited to the former Senate President, Sen Ken Nnamani, calling for the sack of the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Maurice Iwu as baseless, sensational and mischievous.
It also argued that the former Senate President lacked the moral standing to make the alleged statement, adding that he(Nnamani) was a beneficiary of flawed electoral process in the past.
A statement by the groupsâ€™sÂ Â National Coordinator, Dr. Okwudiba Ibemesi, noted that the remarks against INEC leadership was in bad faith and narrowed political interests.
According to him, â€œthe truth is that Ken Nnamani has been looking for ways to make himself relevant in the current political dispensation using local and credulous foreign institutions and persons, who do not understand both the undercurrents of the Nigerian political system and the ulterior motives of his likes to plot his way back into the mainstream of politics.
â€œWe condemn the statements as we consider them motivated by bad faith, ignorance and narrow political interests. The ulterior motives behind this is made manifest by the fact that such a call is coming at a time the whole world is commending INEC for reversing the electoral trend in Anambra State and by extension Nigeria that for once in recent times, Anambra people despite a few lapses had a free and fair election devoid of violence and rigging, owing to the innovative ideas and internal reforms by the INEC underÂ Iwuâ€™s headship.
The group further said,Â Â â€œNnamaniâ€™s holier-than-thou postures on the 2007 elections and the INEC, compels us to recall the flawed elections on which he rode to the Senate in 2003,â€ the group said.