MAKURDI —Following the controversies trailing last Saturday’s inconclusive governorship election in Anambra State, the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has called for the immediate sack of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega.
Benue State Chairman of the CNPP, Mr. Baba Agan made this known in an interview with Vanguard in Makurdi, the Benue state capital.
He said: “The outcome of the poll is a sham; it has clearly exposed the incompetence of the INEC chairman. He can not oversee the much anticipated 2015 general election.
“We certainly cannot continue to pretend that all is well with INEC. Or how can the INEC boss explain the logjam in Anambra State after expending huge resources on several months of preparation and assurances that the poll would be hitch free, free and fair?
“What did we get at the end of the day; total confusion and a disjointed exercise that has rather cast doubt on the competence of the electoral body to improve on what we have achieved so far as a democratic nation?
“The truth is that, at this time of our democratic history, we shouldn’t be grappling and lamenting over the conduct of an election in a single state let alone a candidate complaining that his name was omitted from the list of candidates because we all know the consequence of that blunder to the entire process.
“In fact, what happened in Anambra has completely made a mockery of our electoral process and we must take urgent steps to redress the anomaly because we are looking at a bigger picture in 2015 and the earlier we take firm decisions to check a repeat of the Anambra sham election the better for the entire nation.’’
According to him, “the incongruous poll clearly tells one thing, Jega and his team have completely lost focus and therefore should be shown the way out, or else, we might be faced with a much more bigger problem in 2015.