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Ex-PDP chief lauds INEC over polls

Posted: Apr 26, 2015 at 4:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola, Ibadan

Former chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West zone, Waheed Olatunde Lawal, has said the outcome of the March 28 and April 11 2015 elections has shown the real and actual launch of representative democracy in the Nigeria.

Lawal, who had served the PDP as both Legal Adviser and Public Relations Officer (PRO) at different times in the zone, stated this in an interview in Ibadan at the weekend.

According to him, “in the past, people lacked faith and trust in the electoral system.

“But for the first time in the history of the country, Nigerians believed their votes counted and a serving president lost in an election, where he stood as a candidate.

“Nobody in position of authority would henceforth sleep with two eyes closed and the effect would be good governance at all levels”, he said.

Lawal lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) management for not bowing to pressure and for its immutable resolve and insistence on the use of the card reader for the 2015 elections.

“Biometric is the in-thing and it has assisted in no small measure in solving problems and removing obstacles that in the past appeared seemingly insurmountable.

“Biometric has solved the problem of examination malpractices in UTME. You can’t sit for someone again in UTME exams and it has also made it impossible for someone to use another person’s international passport.

“It is the most potent tool for checking and controlling rigging during elections.

“I expect all well-meaning Nigerians to queue behind INEC and hail the body for its decision to, for the first time ever, take a drastic step towards tackling issue of rigging during elections.

“Jega has no doubt attained the status of a hero,” he said.