By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has congratulated Professor Mahmood Yakubu on his re-appointment as INEC Chairman.
In a statement issued by the national chairman of IPAC, Leonard Nzenwa, IPAC said the Council noted his re-appointment as a welcome development and a blessing to the polity, restating that only few helmsmen at the Commision have been able to achieve respectable results like he has done during his first tenure.
Recounting that Yakubu mounted the saddle of INEC four months after the exit of his predecessor, Attahiru Jega, who presided over the crucial 2015 general election that ushered President Muhammadu Buhari as president, the IPAC chairman praised the INEC chairman’s remarkable digitalization programme which has transformed the way elections have been conducted in the country in the last four years.
“The success of the Edo and Ondo 2020 Gubernatorial Polls are clear examples of the positive technology and digitization trajectory which Prof. Yakubus’ first tenure gave to Nigeria.
“The Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, urges Prof. Yakubu to continue with the strident effort to help in reformation of the electoral process, even as it requests the chairman to put his foot down to ensure that Nigerians votes count in all elections in the country going forward.
“The Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, calls on all stakeholders to work and support the re-appointed INEC chairman effort to make all polls in the country to be inclusive, fair, free and credible.
“It is remarkable that Prof. Mohammood Yakubu’s re-appointment is the first time an INEC chairman is re-appointed in the history of Nigeria”, the IPAC statement said.