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Nnamani: Charting New Electoral Course

Posted: Oct 4, 2016 at 6:42 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Adah

When Ken Nnamani former Senate President resigned his membership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) early this year, he kept people guessing on which of the political parties he would pitch his tent. But six months later, he joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Yesterday, he was inaugurated as Chairman, Electoral Reforms Committee by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The setting up of the committee was in fulfilment of clamour by several individuals and organisations for a credible reform in the electoral system.

In a statement by Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) said the committee is expected to rejig the present electoral system in the country. According Mr. Salisu Isah, the electoral committee was set up as part of the effort by the Buhari- led administration to strengthen the current political configuration.

Reacting to the appointment, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, Second Republic lawmaker said he has no problem with such committee but expressed doubt whether the report would be implemented judging by the body language of the present members of the National Assembly.

He said, “In principle, I have no problem with this new panel set up by President Buhari. In fact, I am supportive of the panel but most times, reports of such panels could be thrown into the thrash especially with this kind of National Assembly.

“I have faith in Nnamani, he has experience in government, he is politically savvy and I believe he will come out with a desired result. However, I believe this government lacks the political will, so the recommendation of that panel might be dumped by the wayside.’’

The former Senate President who represented Enugu State in the senate between 2003 to 2007 was elected President of the Senate in 2005. He established Ken Nnamani Centre for Leadership and Development after he left the senate as part of his contribution to the society. It is expected Nnamani would use his vast experience in charting a new electoral reform for the country a head of the 2019 election.