By Patricia Nwaolai
The Action Congress (AC) has expressed concern over the state of mind of INEC Chairman Maurice Iwu, saying his recent comments on the last general elections showa man deeply troubled by his weakness of character and monumental failure in organising a landmark election.
In a statement issued in Abuja Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said Iwu’s assertion at a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
on Sunday that the April 2007 elections were better organised than the June 12, 1993 polls particularly showed a man who is troubled.
“Iwu’s conduct and comments since messing up what was dubbed a historic election show that he is in dire need of some sort of help,” it said.
“After awarding himself grade A in the conduct of the messed-up polls, he followed up with all sorts of comments. First he blamed everyone but himself for ruining the election. Then he said the environment was not conducive for the conduct of the polls, and went
on to blame the media for failing to highlight this to the public.
“Now to the mother of all faux pas: Comparing an election widely condemned as not credible by local and international observers with one considered the freest and fairest election in the country’s history!
“This is a denigration of the June 12 election and what it stands for; a slap on the face of all Nigerians who acknowledged the success of the 1993 polls and a disservice to hundreds of our compatriots who died or were maimed defending their votes in the
1993 polls,” AC said.
“We are worried at the seeming determination by Iwu to trivialise an issue that has made Nigeria a laughing stock in the comity of nations; at his lack of remorse even in the face of a pathological failing and a growing propensity for clowning,” the party said.
“AC warned Iwu to keep his mouth shut if he has nothing decent to say to a people who have been traumatised by his own failure, saying at a time like this, for Iwu, silence is golden!” The statement concluded.