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Certificate saga: INEC failed Nigeria — Lawyer

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Rights Activist Slams INEC for Laxity in Vetting Candidates’ Credentials

A prominent human rights activist and lawyer, Chukwudi Ezeobika, has strongly criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for what he deems as a lack of due diligence in scrutinizing the information and certificates submitted by individuals aspiring for public offices.

Ezeobika expressed his dismay, asserting that the electoral body’s actions, or lack thereof, have subjected the nation to international scrutiny.

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He lamented that the certification of the country’s President is now under question, potentially eroding confidence in the integrity of the nation’s leadership.

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In a statement released to the press in Lokoja on Monday, the lawyer particularly referenced the recent controversy surrounding the Chicago State University certificate.

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He argued that INEC’s perceived failure to act diligently has brought substantial embarrassment to the entire nation.

Ezeobika emphasized, “This is an issue to be worried about as it raises serious questions on the integrity, capacity and true independence of the Commission as currently constituted.”

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He further pointed out that INEC, having received substantial budgets, both from the Nigerian government and international donors, should have been better equipped to oversee a process that ensures a free, fair, and credible election.

The lawyer’s remarks shed light on the pressing need for a thorough and meticulous vetting process for candidates, ensuring that those who hold public office are indeed qualified and possess the requisite credentials.

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This serves as a crucial component in maintaining the integrity and credibility of the electoral process and, ultimately, the nation’s leadership.

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