11th June, 2010
A chieftain of the Action Congress (AC), Otunba Yomi Ogunnusi, has called on the newly appointed Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega to obey the laws of the land and operate according to its dictates.
Ogunnusi who spoke with newsmen after he was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Bobagunwa of Imoru Ijebu said the appointment of the university don as the INEC boss has demonstrated President Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s determination to conduct a free and fair election in the country next year.
He said the next step towards achieving a credible polls would be for INEC to stick strictly to the provisions of the constitution and avoid being used by anyone to derail the peace in the country.
He noted that the choice of the president could not be faulted because Jega happened to be part of the squad that fought military dictatorship in the country when he led members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resist government policies that were inimical to the nationâ€™s educational development.
Ogunnusi, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), explained further that â€œthe problem may not be with Professor Jega who had proven his integrity in the past and present responsibility as the Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano.
”He has to be very strict with those appointed to work with him who may be greedy and will not hesitate to drag the name of their boss and commission in the mud.â€
He urged politicians in the country to form a common front in the crusade to achieve credible elections in the next political dispensation. ”Since it has been achieved in sister countries in West Africa, it can also be achieved in Nigeria,” he added.
Other dignitaries conferred with chieftaincy titles by Oba Munirudeen Bashorun, the Oru of Imoru on the first anniversary of his coronation included the former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who bagged the chieftaincy title of the Agbaakin of Imoruland; AC governorship candidate in the 2007 election, Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola, bagged the Aremo Oba of Imoru Ijebu, while Mrs. Pamela Ogunnusi bagged the title of Yeye Bobagunwa of Imoru Ijebu.