Friday 18th August, 2017
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Ohaneze's ex-boss, Ikedife, tasks INEC on credible polls

Ohaneze's ex-boss, Ikedife, tasks INEC on credible polls

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.