Anambra chapter of the All Progressives Congress [APC] congratulates President Muhammadu Buhari and the Council of States for the appointment of a substantive Chairman for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the person of Prof Mahmood Yakubu [above] and five commissioners.
We commend the Senate for giving the new appointees the accelerated, but thorough check required for the offices they seek to man before their confirmation yesterday and urge the new helmsmen not to derail in the quest for clean elections, particularly in such states like Anambra where history has not recorded free and fair elections.
We trust also that with this appointment and the recharge of INEC, innovative ways will be brought in to check the massive bribe-givers and receivers in Anambra INEC.
Our chapter commends Buhari’s example to Gov. Willie Obiano and that of the Senate to Anambra State House of Assembly to expeditiously make-up the composition of Anambra Independent Electoral Commission (ANSIEC) on time to conduct the local government elections that will produce the Chairmen and councilors to replace the existing ones on the expiration of their tenure.
We have said before and wish to re-emphasize that the appointment of interim officers in the local government in-between elected officials is not only unacceptable to our party and the generality of Anambra State ,but is an open invitation to anarchy in a state that does not require it now.
We therefore request the immediate filling of all vacancies in the board of ANSIEC to enable the election proceeds unhindered.
We urge religious and community leaders to advise Obiano against the current of lobby from political jobbers in some unstable parties in the state and those being pushed by invisible hands and follow he laws to the letter.
Finally we demand that all the local government funds so far collected by Anambra State Government between January 2014 and now, should be carefully accounted for ahead of the expiration of this tenure in December and the inception of another officers elected by the people.
For: All Progressives Congress (APC)
State Publicity Secretary
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