…URGES HIM TO USE THIS SECOND TERM APPOINTMENT TO CLEANSE THE ELECTORAL PROCESS AND CONSOLIDATE ON THE GAINS OF EDO AND ONDO ELECTIONS.
… CALLS ON SENATE TO CONFIRM HIS REAPPOINTMENT
… DECLARES WE WILL BE WATCHING HIM CLOSELY
The Nigerian opposition coalition CUPP has received the news of the reappointment of the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission with caution. We heartily congratulate him on his reappointment for a fresh term of five years. This is because we see this opportunity given to him as the only chance he would have to set our electoral processes on the right path.
We therefore urge him to use this second term appointment which is novel in the political history of Nigeria to cleanse our electoral process and consolidate on the gains of Edo and Ondo elections. The shifted elections earlier scheduled for 31st October, 2020 would be the first test of what this second term would be for. Nigerians will expect nothing less than a very credible, free and fair 2023 general election from him.
The CUPP on this note calls on the Nigerian Senate and Opposition lawmakers join to confirm the appointment so as to allow him have the needed neutrality to oversee the upcoming bye elections and adequate time to start the cleansing process for our Nations electoral process.
Finally, the CUPP will be watching the INEC Chairman closely as he leads the Commission into reforming our electoral process and carrying through the introduction of electronic voting which the Commission has be test running over the years. As to be longest serving Chairman of INEC, we call on Prof. Yakubu to deploy all his now garnered experience in the last five years to hit the ground running knowing that there will be no third chance.
Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere
Opposition Coalition CUPP National Spokesperson