NLC leads campaign for Iwu's sack

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NLC leads campaign for Iwu’s sack


Written by Victor Ahiuma-Young   


Sunday, 27 January 2008


THE Nigeria  Labour Congress (NLC) is spearheading a national campaign for the removal or resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu, who, according to the NLC, is a threat to the nation’s democracy.

Vanguard gathered that this was part of the resolutions reached at the just concluded meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the NLC, in Yenegoa.

The NEC decision to lead the campaign against Prof. Iwu followed a report from the NLC Secretariat to members of NEC to the effect that besides the disastrous handling of the 2007 general elections, unfolding events at the various election tribunals were a pointer to the fact that Nigeria needed a more competent, scrupulous and really independent leadership for INEC.

Presenting the report, NLC General-Secretary, Comrade John Odah, said Nigeria would not be able to harness the benefits of the nullified elections and the impending round of elections with the continued retention of  Prof. Iwu as the INEC Chairman.

He said: “A vexed issue is the continuing retention of Prof. Maurice Iwu as the Chairman of INEC despite the disastrous handling of the 2007 general elections.

With the nullification of more elections by election petition tribunals, it means that the nation would need a more competent, scrupulous and really independent leadership for INEC.

Whereas the nullification of rigged election by the tribunals is potentially in the interest of democratic development of Nigeria, the nation cannot harness the gains if Prof. Iwu presides over the impending round of elections.

Therefore, even before the national electoral reform panel concludes its work, the removal of Prof. Iwu is of compelling necessity.”

Vanguard gathered that the NLC NEC debated and agreed that congress should “spearhead a national campaign for Prof Iwu’s resignation or immediate removal as a colossal misfit and threat to democracy in Nigeria.  

“Similarly, the NLC is planning to broaden its activities on electoral reform with an initiative under the auspices of Civil Society Coalition on Electoral Reforms that would be aimed at advocacy and mobilising other segments of society as well as campaigning for electoral accountability,” he said.


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