The Action Congress, AC, has urged Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately sack the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Maurice Iwu, as a first step in the much-expected review of the nationâ€™s electoral system ahead of the 2011 election.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said Iwu has become a clear and present danger not only to Nigeriaâ€™s democracy but to its stability, unity and peace.
â€œNo single Nigerian has hurt the countryâ€™s image more than Iwu. While the leadership vacuum created – until recently – by the prolonged medical treatment of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua in Saudi Arabia tested our democracy, the impact arguably ranks second to that of Iwuâ€™s failings as an electoral umpire.
“After all, we have been able, to some extent, deal with the issues thrown up by Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s absence. But, it seems no one at the Presidency has answers to Iwuâ€™s continuous show of shame at INEC,â€™â€™ AC said.
Party upbraids Iwu for attacking critics
The party said Iwuâ€™s retention as INEC boss despite the monumental mess he made of the 2007 election has continued to confound all right-thinking people within and outside Nigeria. Litigations resulting from the 2007 general election are still ongoing, with the 2011 election fast approaching, and Iwu remains at INEC to thwart peopleâ€™s will.
Beyond that, the party said, leaving him at the head of INEC despite his globally-acknowledged failure as an electoral umpire has now emboldened him to such a point that he boasts openly that no one can remove him; he continues to make a mess of key elections while also wasting tax-payersâ€™ money on frivolities.
â€œThe latest in the series of actions that constitute a glaring impunity on the part of this unrepentant man is his new style of taking full page newspaper adverts – atÂ huge costs to taxpayers – to lambast anyone who dares to criticise his inefficiency, bias and gross incompetence.