Former Head of State and Leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari, has passed a vote of no confidence on the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), accusing the body of being deep in corruption, and expressing his doubts over its ability to transparently conduct the 2015 elections.
Buhari made these allegations during a lecture he delivered at the African Diaspora Conference in London, where he said only wholesale changes in the top echelons of INEC could cleanse it of this corruption.
According to Buhari, INEC, as currently constituted, “would be unable to deliver any meaningful elections in 2015… INEC’s top echelons are immersed deep in corruption and only wholesale changes at the top could begin to cure malaise. What is required is a group of independent minded people, patriotic, incorruptible but with the capacity to handle such a strenuous assignment of conducting elections in Nigeria.”
The elder statesman also did not spare the Judiciary for its role in previous elections in the country, saying that it was appalling that the electoral body had developed a very cozy relationship with the Executive and Judicial arms of government that its impartiality is totally lost: “In 2003, INEC tabled results in court which were plainly dishonest. We challenged them to produce evidence for the figures. They refused. The judges supported them by saying, in effect, failure to produce the result does not negate the elections… In a show of unprecedented dishonesty and unprofessionalism, the President of the Court of Appeal read out INEC’s figures (which they refused to come to court to prove or defend) as the result accepted by the court… The Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, said this was okay.”