Iwu fires at critics: Polls 2007 were most credible

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WHEN Professor Maurice Iwu, in the wake of the 2003 general elections, was named chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, hopes were high that he would, being an academic, be true to his calling, work assiduously and honestly to give Nigeria a free, fair and credible set of elections.
He raised the expectations as he let Nigeria into the inner recesses of his mind, promising that he would carry out reforms of the system, prepare for the 2003 elections scientifically and frustrate any bid by fraudulent politicians to pollute the environment.
But, five months after the elections, even the pro-nouncements of the judges sitting on cases arising from the polls are enough to show that the INEC chairman and his team had performed below expectations. There is a near unanimity among the observers and monitors, local and interna-tional, that the elections were about the worst conducted in the history of the country. Anytime anyone as much as criticised the electoral body, the leader of the team always flew into a rage, vigorously defending the performance of the Commission and blaming the shortcomings, rather, on corruption and the mindset of the Nigerian people which never entertained possibility of performing creditably.

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3 Responses to “Iwu fires at critics: Polls 2007 were most credible”

  1. Mike says:

    …he is already condemned to the heap of cursed human beings. Period.

  2. Aderinola says:

    This man should be in jail by now! That is he not is a reflection of the rot in our society. Very USELESS man!

  3. alloylaw says:

    Fact – whichever way you look at it, Iwu and our Nigeria were confronted by two opposite events as far as the election and the transition it bore are concerned. There was no third way. It is either Iwu conducted an election that could produce a new president or he suddenly scattered into little screaming things and failed to conduct the elections. Let us consider the scenarios that lurked and stressed the polity and Iwu to no end in the countdown to the polls. First, rewind back to his lost battle with electronic ballot system that held better prospects for minimizing rigging, then came the specter of third term and a lame duck President misled by a significant number of Nigerians that claimed to support third term. Second, fast forward to mass indictments, the uncertainty of a successor president posed by Atiku

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