Lagosâ€”The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, yesterday,Â urged the Senate to adopt the recommendations of the Justice Mohammed Uwais Committee on the appointment of INEC chairman.
Mr Nkem Lemchi, the Secretary of the Lagos State chapter of APGA, who made the call in an interview with newsmen in Lagos, said the mode of appointment of the chairman of the Commission was critical to the success of any election.
He argued that any chairman that was appointed by a serving president could never be loyal to the country, but to the president
â€œHe can never be impartial. A situation whereby INEC is not independent in terms of revenue and a situation whereÂ the chief executive of the nation appoints the chairman is morally wrong,â€ Lemchi said.
The APGA chieftain explained that such a chairman would be subject to the man who appointed him and gave him his meal ticket, adding that no one would be convinced of his sincerity and allegiance to the nation.
â€œThe Senate should have the courage to accept and adopt the recommendations in the Uwaisâ€™ committee report. This is what we are agitating because without it, we are going back to the status quo,â€Â he said.
The scribe said that the 2 JanuaryÂ and 4 March dates proposed for the 2011 election by the Senate were okay for Nigerians if only the electoral reform could be completed before then.