Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, the former president of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, has requested that President Bola Tinubu dismiss Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu from his position as INEC chairman.
Agbakoba stated in a statement yesterday that the INEC chairman must resign or be removed from office or Nigeria’s election reform effort will be hampered.
Agbakoba praised the President for removing AbdulRasheed Bawa as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Godwin Emefiele as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, in a statement signed by his media assistant, Niyi Odunmorayo.
“President Tinubu deserves full congratulations for ousting Emefiele and Bawa, as well as for ending fuel subsidies and forex corruption,” he stated. The spread of corruption has taken a significant hit.
The president will then demolish INEC. Everyone would concur that the 2023 elections will be the logistically worst in our history.I’m not talking about how valid the election results are. Numerous findings are being litigated in tribunals. Respondents and Petitioners both suffered at the hands of an inept INEC.
Massive electoral framework reforms should start while we wait for court decisions, but to do so, the INEC chairman must step down from his or her position by resignation or dismissal; otherwise, the reform effort would be hampered.
I hasten to emphasize that the merits of election outcomes are in no way related to the improvements that have been proposed. The failure of INEC affected both the election victors and losers. An extensive INEC purge will boost confidence in Nigeria’s democracy.
Local and global observers agreed that the election held under the current INEC was the worst ever held in the nation.
Yakubu was then chosen by President Muhammadu Buhari to succeed Attahiru Jega, who oversaw the 2015 general elections, as INEC chair in November 2015.