BY COSMAS EKPUNOBI:
As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) rolls out the time table for the 2011 general elections today, former presidential candidate in the 2007 general elections, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari and the Action Congress(AC) came under fire yesterday over last weekend’s demand for the removal of chairman of INEC, Professor Maurice Iwu.
Coalition of South East Professionals (COSEP) in a statement in Abuja yesterday alleged that both Buhari and AC were implementing a hidden agenda.
The group said Buhari who was floored by President Umaru Yar’Adua in the 2007 was only promoting tribal and selfish power grabbing agenda of a few individuals under the gab of electoral reforms.
The professionals in the statement signed by its national coordinator Dr Okwudiba Ibemesi, however advised Buhari, AC and others to leave Iwu alone adding it would be unfair to blame the INEC chairman for electoral fraud.
“We are not surprised at AC’s postures and attacks on Prof Iwu, but are only concerned about the cunning execution of a tribal and power-grab agenda of a few people come 2015.
“We know the attack on Iwu is not about any genuine interest towards electoral reforms or even about 2011, but mainly about power equations in 2015. Bola Tinubu and other tribalists simply want power back to the South West in 2015 after they have taken their turn through Obasanjo’s eight years in office. AC, unknowing to Nigerians, does not want a South Easterner or South Southerner to head INEC beyond 2010”, the group said.
COSEP further said it was unfortunate that rather than settle the intra-party rancour between Bola Tinubu and Governor Fashola over Lagos State funds, AC has continued to deceive Nigerians.
“For all we know, better electoral system is only possible when every stakeholder is patriotic and committed to it. Electoral reforms must address legal cum constitutional, environmental, mental, and institutional factors that undermine our electoral system”, it said
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