The Action Congress (AC) yesterday called for the resignations Professor Maurice Iwu of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the role both men played during the April elections.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed statement came in reaction to the tribunal verdict that nullified the election of former Adamawa state governor, Admiral Murtala Nyako yesterday.
The party praised the judiciary for its continued efforts to ensure the sanctity of elections in Nigeria as well as the survival of the country’s democracy.
In a statement issued in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, following the nullification of Adamawa State’s governorship election by the tribunal, AC called on the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Maurice Iwu, and his Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counterpart, Nuhu Ribadu, to resign since the tribunal’s decision was a repudiation of their clearly partisan and illegal roles in the illegal exclusion of its candidate from the April 14 governorship election in the state.
“If these people have any scintilla of honour left in them, they will know it is time to quit. They should not wait to be removed from office.”
The party said the judgment in Adamawa State was a victory for justice, fair play and the rule of law, adding that the judiciary has, once again, given Nigerians cause to believe that it is always better to seek legal redress than resort to anarchy to correct perceived acts of wrongdoing.
AC said: “This also further strengthens the correctness of our position to continue to pursue all our cases before the various election tribunals at all levels and in particular the one before the Presidential Election Tribunal.
“We are hopeful that more of the illegalities perpetrated during the last general elections, which have been described as the worst in the nation’s history, will come to the fore as other election petition tribunals decide the cases before them.”