Former President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife, on Wednesday tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to henceforth conduct credible elections that will be accepted by all parties to avoid the present situation where election petition matters move from the lower courts to the apex court.
Ikedife described the current crisis-ridden electoral process as very painful and makes a mockery of the nation’s electoral system as well as make the electorates who trooped out to vote at election period feel that their choice of candidate was not respected.
He called on the nation’s election umpire to always guard against issues that can bring controversy and confusions in the future polls, pointing out that INEC should properly take care of contentious issues before the conduct of elections.
This, he pointed out, would reduce the waste of time and resources in courts which, according to him, has become part and parcel of the nation’s electoral system as a credible election will produce a clear winner and loser to the satisfaction of the majority of electorates.
Commenting on the anti-graft crusade of the present administration, Dr Ikedife, who is also the Chairman, Anambra Elders’ Council, commended President Muhammad Buhari over the ongoing war against corruption in Nigeria.
He maintained that many problems confronting the country emanated from corruption, noting that if the war against corruption could be successfully fought, every other thing would fall in place for Nigeria and that President Buhari would be celebrated as a hero if he is able to pull that through.
Ikedife disagreed with the insinuation that the anti-corruption war of President Buhari is one-sided and targeted at witch-hunting the opposition particularly the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He argued that since the PDP was in power for about sixteen years, its members were exposed to power and had the opportunity to do certain things right and certain things wrong.