Olisa Agbakoba, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has asked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to dismantle the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Agbakoba made the call on Thursday via his verified Twitter handle.
The former NBA boss congratulated the president for sacking the chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.
“Full congratulations go to President Tinubu @officialABAT for getting rid of Emefiele, Bawa, fuel subsidy, and forex corruption. Endemic corruption has suffered a massive blow. Next, it is for the president to dismantle INEC.
“@inecnigeria. Everyone will agree that logistically, the 2023 elections are the worst in our history. I do not refer to the merits of the election results. Many results are disputed and are in tribunals. Both petitioners and respondents suffered at the hands of an incompetent INEC.
“As we await rulings from the courts, massive reforms of the electoral framework ought to begin. However, this means that the INEC Chairman will have to leave office by resignation or removal; otherwise, the reform task will be impeded.
I quickly add that the suggested reforms have nothing to do with the merits of the election results at all. Both winners and losers of the elections were victims of the failure of INEC. Confidence in Nigeria’s democracy will be enhanced by a deep cleansing of INEC”, he said.