By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— Peoples Progressive Party, PPP, has described the recent court judgement, which sacked the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, government of Segun Oni in Ekiti State, as a lesson for the new Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, headed by Prof Attahiru Jega.
National leader of the party, Mr Solomon Edebiri, who spoke in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said the new leadership of the electoral body should draw a lesson from the humiliation and shame, former Chairman of INEC, Prof Maurice Iwu, would have suffered from the judgment and ensure it delivers credible elections to the nation, come 2011.
Edebiri said with the goodwill the Jega-led INEC has so far enjoyed from all sectors of the country, it will have no excuse for failure. In the meantime, the party has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to bow out of the presidential race and also come with a law, banning all former Presidents and Vice Presidents of the country from contesting the coming presidential election.
According to Edebiri, the decision will spare the nation the unnecessary heat being witnessed in the polity after the twin bomb blasts in Abuja.
He said the presidential aspirations of the incumbent President and former presidents and vice president were responsible for the heat in the system, a situation he said, was unhealthy for the nation. “You would have noticed that the boiling factor of this election centres on the presidential aspiration of President Jonathan, former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, and Atiku Abubakar.
We are not seeing this problem from other presidential aspirants, such as Prof. Pat Utomi, Bafarawa, and Pastor Chris Okotie, among others. The President should ask the National Assembly to ban all past presidents, vice presidents and himself from the coming presidential election,” he said.