LEADER of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, yesterday, expressed support for the reappointment of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC chairman, Professor Maurice Iwu, saying that with the outcome of the recent Anambra election showed that the INEC could conduct credible elections for the country in future under Iwuâ€™s watch.
The ex-Biafran leader explained that his support for the INEC chairman was based on the transparent manner the Anambra election was conducted, adding that there was nothing wrong in allowing Iwu to continue in office provided he would not derail from the feat he achieved in Anambra.
Ojukwuâ€™s endorsement came even as Iwu described last monthâ€™s election in Anambra State as not only the most peaceful in the country so far, but the best anywhere in the world, assuring that the commission would do everything possible to ensure that future elections were more credible.
Ojukwu, who received the INEC chairman who paid him a courtesy call at his Enugu residence, expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the Anambra election in which his party emerged victorious, noting that, having recorded such resounding success in Anambra, the INEC, under Iwuâ€™s watch, had the potential of conducting elections that represent the true wishes of Nigerians in future.
â€œIâ€™ve made it very clear that I was welcoming Iwu to my residence and conveying to him the gratitude of Ndigbo. At no point did I enter the battle for endorsement but because Iâ€™ve never been looked upon in Nigeria as a coward, if you want to know, do I endorse Mr. Chairman, what I say to you immediately is that if he continues this way, I endorse him,â€ he told Iwu and his delegation which comprised resident electoral commissioners of Enugu, Abia and Imo states.
The APGA leader said contrary to the fears that were expressed in some quarters about what would be the possible outcome of the Anambra election, the commission conducted the exercise bearing in mind that the future of the people of the state and, by extension, the people of south east were at stake and as such the right thing ought to be done.
His words: â€œWe are happy that you did the right thing. I personally applauded your commission for doing the right thing and here again I want to say it that you did Nigerians proud and we as Ndigbo are proud of you. The election was watched by the entire world. So anybody who is not satisfied and wants to check, I would want that person to consider the percentage of those who criticize the election against the percentage of those who applauded it and see the difference.
â€œSpeaking for Ndigbo, I acknowledge the goodness of the election; speaking for Ndigbo, I say you did well, speaking for Ndigbo, I say if we continue along this line, which you have mapped out, we will not have any problem in future elections.â€
Earlier, Iwu told the Ikemba Nnewi that he was on a working tour of the south east with specific purpose of inspecting the ongoing electronic votersâ€™ registry in Abia State to access the level of its completion.