A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has exonerated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of blame over the spate of inconclusive polls in the country.
Mr. Agbakoba, instead, blamed desperate politicians for the development.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria told journalists yesterday in Abuja that “Usually, there is rigging. There is fighting and thugery. The election is not transparent. When INEC cancels it on those grounds, the party that it does not favour will say INEC is bias. Tell me, what do you expect INEC to do?”
“Our politicians are prepared to stretch the process anyway they can. So I am making the point that INEC is not where to look when we are talking about ending the issue of inconclusive election”.
He, however, advised INEC to seek to address the situation by being strict with politicians, saying, “INEC should wield a stronger stick. It should exert more authority and sanction political parties and their members who violate the laws. They should follow what the rule says strictly”.