By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”A member of the Federal House of Representatives, Mr Patrick Obahiagbon, yesterday backed the call by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, that an activist should be made the next chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. Â
This is coming as a chieftain of the Action Congress, AC, in the state, Mr Osikhena Boih-Donald, suggested that a retired or serving Chief Judge should be appointed, stressing the need for President Goodluck Jonathan to disregard the call to appoint a card carrying member of any political party.
Obahiagbon, who is representing Oredo Federal Constituency of Edo State in the House of Representatives, pointed out that the nation needed a strong and credible INEC, that would conduct a free and fair election, adding that the international community will only respect the country,Â when the true representatives of the peopleÂ are voted into offices.
According to him, â€œI want to laud the call by Governor OshiomholeÂ because that is the only way we can witness a free and fair election in the country. I am in complete agreeement with the Governor on the need for an INEC chairman that is diaphanously apolitical.
I have, in fact, said it for the umpteenth time, that the process of the nomination of our national electoral umpire must be extricated from all possibilities at political gambadoism and the surest way of doing this is to remove the process of appointment from the executive organ of government and stick to the Uwais recommendation on the matter.â€