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PDP charges re-appointed INEC chairman, Yakubu, to redeem himself

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the newly re-appointed Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu to redeem himself with his second appointment.

Yakubu was reappointed for a second INEC stint by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President announced on Tuesday.

Reacting to the appointment, the PDP said the move is a step to demonstrate Buhari’s readiness for a free, fair and credible election.

The party, however, charged Yakubu to spend about two years to carry out necessary reconstructions at the commission ahead of the next general election in 2023.

In the statement signed by the party’s National Public Secretary – Kola Olagbodiyan, PDP urged Yakubu to look into issues that aid manipulations, rigging, violence and inconclusive elections.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) notes the reappointment of Professor Mahmood Yakubu as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by President Muhammadu.

The party states that this re-appointment entrusts on Prof. Yakubu the fate. hope and future of over 200 million Nigerians as well as that of generations yet unborn.

In the light of this five-year extension, our party hopes that the failures, disappointments and miscarriages that characterized the first five years tenure of Yakubu will have no place in the neworder.

It is therefore instructive to say that with his re-appointment. Prof Yakubu has been given an ample time and opportunity to redeem himself. The image of the commission and Drepamtion for credible, free and fair elections in our country.

At least, with this reappointment whatever happens in our future elections cannot be ascribed to inexperience and lack of adequate preparedness on the side of INEC.

Furthermore,  we consider this reappointment by President Buhari as an impetus to demonstrate a readiness for a free, fair and credible election, which Mr. President had always promised to bequeath at the end of his second and final term in office in2023.

We, therefore, charge the INEC Chairman to spend the nearly two years ahead of the next general election to rejig the commission, work out appropriate electoral politics and guidelines and push for amendment of the Electoral Act, in conjunction with the National Assembly, to give our nation a credible electoral process.

Professor Yakubu must be mindful of the aphorism that “to whom much is given, much more is expected”.
His reappointment, therefore, comes with a lot of expectations by Nigerians. He must quickly take painstaking look into issues that aid manipulations, rigging, violence and inconclusive elections which marred most of the exercises conducted in his previous tenure.
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