The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has congratulated Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on his reappointment as the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a fresh term of five years
The CUPP, which said it received the news of his reappointment with caution, added that it sees the opportunity given to the INEC chairman as the only chance he would have to set the nation’s electoral processes on the right path.
The Coalition, in a statement by Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, its spokesman, urged Prof. Yakubu to use this second term appointment which is novel in the political history of Nigeria to cleanse the 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,” it said.
The CUPP called on the Nigerian Senate and opposition lawmakers join to confirm the appointment so as to allow him to have the needed neutrality to oversee the upcoming bye-elections and adequate time to start the cleansing process for the nation’s electoral process.
The opposition coalition warned that it 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 been testing 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.”
Meanwhile, the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), has congratulated Professor Yakubu on his re-appointment as INEC Chairman.
Urging him to continue with the Electoral Reform he has initiated, IPAC, in a statement by its Chairman, Dr. Leonard Nzenwa, noted that his re-appointment is a welcome development and a blessing to the polity.
It restated that only a few helmsmen at the Commission have been able to achieve respectable results as he has done during his first tenure.
Recounting that Prof. Yakubu mounted the saddle of INEC four months after the exit of his predecessor, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who presided over the crucial 2015 general election that ushered President Muhammadu Buhari as president, the IPAC chairman praised the INEC chairman’s remarkable digitalization program which has transformed the way elections have been conducted in the country in the last four years.
“The success of the Edo and Ondo 2020 Gubernatorial Polls are clear examples of the positive technology and digitization trajectory which Prof. Yakubus’ first tenure gave to Nigeria,” IPAC said.
IPAC urged Prof. Yakubu to continue with the strident effort to help in reformation of the electoral process, even as it requested the chairman to put his foot down to ensure that Nigerians votes count in all elections in the country going forward.
IPAC called on all stakeholders to work and support the re-appointed INEC chairman effort to make all polls in the country to be inclusive, fair, free and credible.