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In the midst of the ongoing brouhaha surrounding the just concluded presidential election conducted by the Professor Mahmud Yakubu-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), renowned political analyst, Dr. Sam Amadi, has come out to lament how persons with partisan leanings were used within the nation's electoral umpire to skew the elections in some states.
Dr. Amadi claimed in an interview on ARISE TV's 'News Night' a few hours ago that a serving governor in the Southeast used his influence (political and financial) to ensure that his Chief of Staff was appointed as a Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in his state in order to use him to compromise the presidential, senatorial, house of representatives, and gubernatorial elections.
"We must know that this electoral issue will persist because state governors control these processes through corruption. And INEC is well aware that the governors' duties, even more so than the president's, has historically been abysmal. As a result, we should consider how to protect the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in these states. By the way, we have packed INEC with persons who are government appointees. How can a Chief of Staff to a serving governor in the Southeast be confirmed by the National Assembly to a role that calls for independence?
How can we make such a blunder? A governor's chief of staff? Do you believe he'll betray his master, who probably spent billions to get him nominated? After these elections, we must return to INEC and abolish this form of appointment. We must prevent politicians from appointing electoral officials. Because these governors tend to play a very long game. They have begun to plant their candidates for the next elections because the current set of INEC Commissioners will most certainly leave their positions once the current elections are over."
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