After controversially losing the 2019 presidential elections, the embattled PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has advocated for the judiciary to be the arm of government that appoints the Head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He said that the judiciary should be in charge of the electoral body, not the president, to avoid manipulation. He also called for the creation of Electoral Crimes Commission to monitor electoral malpractice and curb the crimes involved in elections.
The statement reads:
“Obviously, the 2019 elections were several steps down from the 2015 elections in terms of credibility, and as a democrat, I am challenging that election in the right arena, the courts.
“However, leadership does not just entail getting justice for the past. A real leader knows that in terms of justice, prevention is better than cure.
“I have been pondering on the question, how can Nigeria have credible elections? Our electoral system needs not just to be brought up to date, by the acceptance of the amendments to the Electoral Act passed by the eight National Assembly, we also need to be up to tomorrow, by taking steps today to ensure that the lapses that made it possible for the 2019 elections to be manipulated or rigged are addressed.
“One way of addressing these lapses is to implement the salient recommendations of the National Electoral Reform Committee (NERC) headed by former Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mohammed Lawal Uwais. The second is the creation of Electoral Crimes Commission.
Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Lawal Uwais, has provided recommendations to the National Electoral Reform committee (NERC) where he suggested for the judicial arm of government to be given control of the helm of affairs in the electoral body, INEC. The former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, seconded the motion and called for it to be implemented by the federal government.
Atiku is still challenging the outcome of the 2019 February general elections where he lost to the incumbent president and APC candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, but his chances of winning a court case grows slimmer with each passing day.
However, with his fight for reformation in INEC, many would assume that the business mogul would rerun for presidency in 2023.