22nd September, 2010
The Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria has asked Nigerians to supportÂ whatever it would take for the new INEC to deliver on the critical demand for a free andÂ fair election in 2011.
It therefore agrees that more time be given to the new INEC to conduct credibleÂ elections in 2011, especially as it pertains to conducting a proper voters’ registrationÂ exercise for the critical election.
In a release signed by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Joe Igbokwe, theÂ party said it sees nothing wrong in asking for a little more time to conduct a free andÂ fair election, rather than muddling through another electoral charade in 2011. The partyÂ called on Nigerians to support the fresh demand of INEC and not allow the country to beÂ held down by time in seeking the best electoral conduct for the country in 2011.
â€œWhat we can decipher from INECâ€™s new demand for more time is the need to do a thoroughÂ job with the upcoming election. If that is therefore the reason, we do not see any reasonÂ why we wonâ€™t grant Jega and his INEC more time to do a credible job that will beÂ applauded the world over. We are asking Nigerians to give Jega some little more time toÂ conduct a free and fair election and hold him responsible for any failure and give himÂ credit where he succeeds.
â€œThe demand for more time has, once again, underscored the dangerous politics played byÂ the present PDP with the tenure of the discredited former INEC chairman, who would haveÂ been sacked long ago to give a new INEC enough room to conduct a credible election. WeÂ now experience the folly in keeping an INEC leadership that roundly messed up theÂ electoral system for too long time and empanelling a new INEC leadership on the eve ofÂ elections to do a miraculous turnaround of the horribly messed electoral system. We sawÂ this present danger when the government and the PDP was dilly dallying on the Iwu issueÂ and were rather shopping for time for him. We saw the present diktat coming which was whyÂ we were persistently calling for the sack of Iwu and the empanelling of a new INEC toÂ lead the quest for a credible election in 2011.