Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has called upon President Bola Tinubu to reassess the appointments of the commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).
Jega expressed apprehensions about the perceived partisanship of some RECs, prompting him to advocate for a thorough review.
Approximately a month ago, President Tinubu nominated 10 RECs, a move subsequently confirmed by the Senate.
However, the appointments have faced scrutiny, with allegations surfacing that some of the RECs are actively involved in partisan politics.
Responding to these criticisms, Jega emphasized the importance of addressing the concerns, stating that the failure to review these appointments sends a troubling message.
Appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, Jega articulated his stance:
“I think there is no doubt that if the President were listening, my advice would be to immediately review the appointment of the Resident Electoral Commissioners that was passed by the Senate recently.”
He underscored the significance of this review, expressing concern that the current situation undermines the government’s commitment to enhancing the integrity of elections and implies indifference toward safeguarding the independence and impartiality of the election management body.
The newly appointed RECs include individuals such as Mr. Etekamba Umoren, Mr. Isah Shaka Ehimeakne, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Babalola, Mr. Abubakar Ahmed Ma’aji, Mr. Shehu Wahab, Dr. Bunmi Omoseyindemi, Mr. Aminu Kasimu Idris, Prof. Mohammed Yelwa, Dr. Anugbum Onuoha, and Mr. Isma’ila Kaura Moyi.
Jega’s call for a comprehensive review highlights the importance of addressing potential partisan influences within the electoral commission.