A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Uche Nwosu, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for sanitising the electoral process by prosecuting and convicting a University of Calabar Professor in Akwa Ibom, Peter Ogban.
Nwosu who said the action was a major boost also lauded the commission’s chair, Mahmood Yakubu, for setting the pace to serve as a deterrent to corrupt electoral officers.
The Professor had announced false results in Akwa Ibom North-West District. His jailing Nwosu said will strengthen Nigeria’s democracy.
Nwosu who spoke with newsmen has charged the commission to put an end to the use of University Professors for sensitive election duties. He added that academics are constituting a serious threat to the nation’s electoral process and democracy.
He stressed that the Commission should source manpower from other government agencies and Ministries, in order to get a good electoral result.
According to him, “I want to commend the INEC National Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, for setting a standard by prosecuting the Professor. This singular act will help to sanitize the electoral system and strengthen our democracy.
“I was a victim in the 2019 governorship election when a Professor who was appointed as the Returning Officer announced the election result in disobedience to the Electoral Act.
“INEC should review the use of University Professors; they’re only hidden under the cloak of the Academia to perpetrate fraud. INEC should look at engaging ad-hoc Staff from other government Agencies instead of these corrupt Professors.”