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AC to Jonathan: Sack Iwu now

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 nation’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 Nigeria’s democracy but to its stability, unity and peace.

“No single Nigerian has hurt the country’s image more than Iwu. While the leadership vacuum created – until recently – by the prolonged medical treatment of President Umaru Yar’Adua in Saudi Arabia tested our democracy, the impact arguably ranks second to that of Iwu’s failings as an electoral umpire.

“After all, we have been able, to some extent, deal with the issues thrown up by Yar’Adua’s absence. But, it seems no one at the Presidency has answers to Iwu’s continuous show of shame at INEC,’’ AC said.

Party upbraids Iwu for attacking critics

The party said Iwu’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 people’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-payers’ money on frivolities.

“The 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 – at  huge costs to taxpayers – to lambast anyone who dares to criticise his inefficiency, bias and gross incompetence.


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