A member of the House of Representatives, representing Ibadan North Federal Constituency, Hon. Abiodun Dada Awoleye has implored the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to build on the success recorded during the just concluded elections.
Hon. Awoleye noted that this was necessary in order to defend and save the current democratic dispensation.
He gave the advice at the weekend in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital while addressing journalists shortly after he received his Certificate of Return from INEC as the winner of March 28 House of Representatives Election in Ibadan North Federal Constituency.
Awoleye who won the seat on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), while scoring INEC high in elections both locally and internationally adjudged as the just concluded election as the freest and fairest elections ever held in the country since the return of democracy 16 years ago.
He urged the commission not to rest on its oars in giving Nigerians more credible and acceptable elections in the future.
The member, house committee on Communication Technology and Justice lauded several innovations by INEC such as Permanent Voter Cards, Smart Card Readers, the use of corps members for the elections and the use of dons as returning officers, open and transparent ways of distributing sensitive and non-sensitive materials and open ways of announcing and declaring winners of the elections as one of the ways that helped the commission to record such huge success.
Awoleye, while urging the commission to rectify some of the challenges it faced such as late arrival of INEC officials and elections materials, failure of SCR to identify finger prints, shortage of ballot papers and other election materials, appealed to the commission to conduct an appraisal work to know how and why it failed in some areas, noting that this would help it to correct such mistakes in the future elections.
“As I speak to you today, the just concluded elections have been adjudged as the freest and fairest since we started this present democratic dispensation in 1999 due to various innovations by the Professor Attahiru Jega led commission, INEC has done well but I am appealing to them not to be intoxicated with the praises from different quarters but to look at its weaknesses and work on it to give us more credible elections.”
“An appraisal work should be carried out to know its strength and weaknesses, this will prepare the commission ahead of future elections.”
The lawmaker declared that Jega has set a solid foundation in the commission for those who would succeed him, describing him as a man who has written his name in gold, not minding many odds against him and his office.