That President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted failure in the three elections conducted under his watch only confirms Sunday Vanguard’s insistence that the era of free, fair and credible elections may have gone for good. And whereas the drumbeats of war, which came from both the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were enough to elicit the type of outcome witnessed in the Rivers State re-run elections, the less than efficient activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, introduced a dangerous dimension, to further inflame an already combustible situation. This report will show that the President’s condescending disposition towards INEC, is partly responsible for the shambles being witnessed, just as it would point out why, if these inconclusive elections are anything to go by, the APC Federal Government may be suggesting to Nigerians that it is not interested in free, fair and credible elections. Read the facts as they speak for themselves.
By Jide Ajani
IS INEC UNDER BUHARI BECOMING A SHADOW OF ITSELF?
Any lingering doubt that INEC is becoming a distant shadow of the organization under Jega faded as INEC again conducted another inconclusive elections in Rivers State.
These make the third inconclusive elections conducted by the Commission under the Buhari regime. This trend, since the exit of the Jonathan administration era of peaceful conduct of credible elections – exceptional in its own way, since the return of democracy in 1999 – has created doubts in the minds of Nigerians on the commitment of the Buhari regime to free, fair and credible elections.
Many Nigerians and members of the international election observer-groups are intensely concerned that free, fair and credible elections that were witnessed in 2011 and more so in 2015 – and, that was almost being taken for granted – are gradually regressing under the Buhari government, with all that the situation portends for the future of Nigeria’s democracy.
In particular, fears are being expressed – while significant doubt is being created in the minds of Nigerians as the 2019 general elections approach – that the APC government is not committed to democracy and the rule of law, given the shoddy and condescending way the current regime has related with INEC.
This is why the Buhari regime must sit up and make amends to the degeneration of INEC or face possible infamy in 2019.
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