Anne Thompson
Wed, Sep 13, 2023 7:00 PM

President Tinubu urged to follow in Yar'Adua's footsteps and request electoral reform

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President Tinubu urged to follow in Yar'Adua's footsteps and request electoral reform
Former Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's former aide, Laolu Akande, has called on President Bola Tinubu to publicly declare the need for electoral system reforms in Nigeria. Akande referenced the late former President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua's historic admission that the 2007 election was fraudulent, urging Tinubu to follow in his footsteps. The call for reform comes amidst concerns about the credibility of the Nigerian electoral process.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been urged to take a bold step by publicly acknowledging the need for electoral system reforms in Nigeria. Laolu Akande, a former aide to Ex-Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, made the plea in reference to the late former President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua's admission that the 2007 election was fraudulent. Akande believes that President Tinubu should emulate Yar'Adua's courage and address the issues surrounding the country's electoral process.

During an interview on Channels TV, Akande stressed the importance of restoring the trust of Nigerians in the electoral system. He criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for failing to fulfill its promise to transmit election results electronically during the February 25 presidential polls. Akande argued that INEC's failure to do so significantly compromised the credibility of the election.

It is not surprising that concerns about the Nigerian electoral process have been raised, as these concerns have persisted for many years. The recent ruling by the presidential election petition tribunal, which upheld INEC's right to decide whether to transmit election results electronically or not, further fueled the need for reforms.

Peter Obi, the Labour Party's presidential candidate, echoed Akande's sentiments and accused INEC of truncating the presidential polls. Obi argued that the failure to transmit election results electronically directly affected the credibility and integrity of the election. Despite Obi's loss to President Tinubu in the tribunal, the issue of electoral reform remains a critical point of discussion.

President Tinubu has an opportunity to demonstrate true leadership by openly acknowledging the need for electoral reforms. The Nigerian people deserve an electoral system they can trust and rely on. By following in the footsteps of Yar'Adua, President Tinubu can send a powerful message to the nation and the international community that Nigeria is committed to free and fair elections.

Laolu Akande further emphasized that the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, had contested for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the interest of the public. Despite not winning the APC primaries in June 2022, Osinbajo has inspired millions of Nigerians with his leadership style and is seen by many as a representation of a new Nigeria.

It is clear that electoral reform is essential for the advancement of Nigeria's democracy. Allowing the electoral process to be marred by irregularities and lack of transparency only undermines the credibility of the nation as a whole. President Tinubu must rise to the occasion and address these concerns, making a commitment to electoral reforms and working towards restoring the faith of Nigerians in the system.

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