*Uthman is not good as INEC REC
Teeming youths from Kwara state, under the aegis of Zealous Kwara Youths (ZKY), have rejected the nomination of the Chairman, Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC), Dr Uthman Ajidagba, as a Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Ajidagba’s name was recently presented to the Senate for confirmation as a REC but the youths, in a press briefing in Abuja, on Monday, said he was already partisan and a misnomer for such appointment.
According to them, his nomination portends anarchy in the state in no distance future.
Addressing newsmen, the youths led by their President, Vice-President and Secretary, John Olawale Adegboye, Ilyas Babatunde Lawal and Ahmed Korede, respectively said that appointment of RECs is not meant for obviously partisan persons like Ajidagba.
They however, disclosed that they have already submitted a petition to the National Assembly to that effect, adding that the Senate should use the petition as a tool to take a cursory look at all the individuals so nominated by Buhari and most especially the nomination coming from Kwara State.
They further lamented that Ajidagba’s tenure as KWASIEC chairman has been dogged in controversy since 2013, adding that all elections conducted under his stewardship have always been trailed by disputes and controversies.
While urging the Senate to set up a visitation committee to the state and interact with the various stakeholders on council elections, the group affirmed that its members who consist of law abiding and patriotic citizens would remain vigilant in the process.
It said that the group would not condone anything that might tamper with the conduct of free and fair elections either in the state or any part of the country.
The group said: “It is with great concern for the future of fair play in democratic practices in Nigeria that we are forced to organise this press conference. A popular saying hold that evil only persists when the voices of good remains silent. It is in view of this saying that we have decided not to keep quiet about a nomination which portend grave consequences to our democratic in future”.
“It is with sadness and concern that we wish to inform President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, all our distinguished Senators and the generality of Nigerians about the immediate and future dangers inherent if the nomination of a certain Dr Uthman Ajidagba is given approval to act as a Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC.
“In view of his antecedence, it becomes our responsibility as patriotic citizens of our country to inform the rest of our fellow compatriots of the situation before it becomes an issue.”