June 18, 2009

Credible election not possible with Iwu as INEC boss —Sagay

By Temidayo Okeseeyin
LAGOS—A constitutional lawyer, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has warned that  there can never be any credible elections in Nigeria with Prof. Maurice Iwu as chairman of  the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC).

Speaking at the Faculty of Law Distinguished Jurists lecture of  Lagos State University, Sagay said,  “how do you expect a free and fair election from INEC, when Maurice Iwu is a board member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in disguise who would  do anything to see his party win elections?”

The law professor who spoke on the pitfalls of the  2007 general elections, reiterated the fact that  on several occasions,  INEC had been criticized on the way and manner in which it woefully conducted elections in various states of the country.

Sagay said  INEC was not fair in its dealings on the election conducted, saying “they are bunch of people with no remorse, no shame and they all need to be cleared out of the house and new people that are ready to work should be recruited.”

Asked on his opinion on the current Niger Delta crisis going on between the Federal Government and the militants, Sagay said “looking at the case critically, we could conclude that the government has not killed or apprehended any militant compared to the  innocent victims that have been killed or displaced due to the war in the state.

Much improvement have not been made since the war started and because of the country’s image, the earlier it is stopped the better it is.” The Professor noted that the elections organised by the military were more credible than the ones organised by civilians.