Call for Removal of Imo REC
Tony Nwulu, the running mate to the Labour Party’s governorship candidate in Imo State, has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to emulate the Nigerian Police and remove the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Imo State, Sylva Agu.
The call comes amidst concerns about the REC’s impartiality in the forthcoming election.
Background: Police Commissioner’s Redeployment for Neutrality
The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, had recently redeployed Imo Police Commissioner, Mohammed Barade, in a bid to maintain neutrality during the election.
However, INEC retained Agu as the REC despite allegations against him, prompting calls for his removal.
Nwulu’s Statement on Arise TV: INEC Chairman’s Neutrality Questioned
Speaking on Arise TV’s morning show, Nwulu expressed concern over the refusal of INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu to remove the Imo REC.
Nwulu suggested that this reluctance indicates either a lack of responsiveness or potential compromise on the part of the INEC chairman.
Appeal for Neutrality: Aligning with Public Demand
Nwulu emphasized that the request to remove Agu is not a personal preference but aligns with the collective stance of various political parties.
He urged INEC to prioritize neutrality and heed the voices of the people, emphasizing that the removal of the REC is essential for the credibility of the electoral process.
Two Possible Scenarios: Deafness or Compromise
Nwulu outlined two potential scenarios, suggesting that if all parties are united in urging Agu’s removal and Yakubu fails to act, it raises questions about whether the INEC chairman is either oblivious to the concerns or compromised.
This assertion underscores the urgency of addressing the issue to maintain public trust in the electoral system.
Conclusion: INEC’s Decision-Making Impact on Credibility
As the off-cycle election approaches, the plea from LP’s running mate underscores the significance of INEC’s decision-making in ensuring a fair and credible electoral process.
The spotlight remains on the commission’s response to public concerns and its commitment to upholding the principles of neutrality.