Even INEC agrees that Nigeria's political parties have ex-convicts and certificate forgers as members and candidates

  • Recently the political space in Nigeria has been dominated by allegations of fake certificates and false academic representation. The likes of Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West and and House of Reps member Nse Ekpenyong representing Oron federal consituency  in Akwa Ibom presently top the charts.
  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission chairman Prof. Mahmud Yakubu while speaking at the stakeholders’ validation conference on INEC’s Strategic Plan, in Abuja, on Tuesday said that political parties should do due diligence before fielding candidates. His words;
  1. “If a candidate that emerges from party primaries is changed, how can INEC intervene? We can only appeal to the political parties to respect their rules. The laws say that INEC has no power to reject names submitted by the headquarters of a party.
  2. “In some cases, some of the candidates shouldn’t have been nominated. Some parties recommend ex-convicts for election, certificate forgery, only for the court to nullify that election and for INEC to conduct fresh election. The parties should do basic due diligence.
Our take on the matter
  • Like political party like nominated candidate. Simple
  • The law should be ammended to give INEC powers to reject candidate presented if proven to have questionable credentials. This will save Nigeria, especially tax payers money the financial burden of conducting re-run elections due to nullification of results by courts because of illegibility to contest in the first instance.
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