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GROUP WANTS INEC BOSS OF IGBO EXTRACTION

By NBF News

A political group, Concerned Igbo Citizens for Stable Democracy in Nigeria, has appealed to Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan to appoint the next chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) from the South-East.

The group made the appeal at the end of its National Executive Council meeting held recently in Ikeja , Lagos.

In a communique issued at the end of the meeting which was attended by Eze Uche Dimgba, Mr Jeff Kwunze, Chiefs Anayo Nwadike, Anslem Njoku, Chike Ubana, Ugo Onugo, Vitalis Obi amongst others, the group said it welcomed the removal of Professor Maurice Iwu as INEC's boss.

It contended that since non of the three arms of government is presently headed by an Igbo, it would be good for Jonathan to appoint an Igbo man as the next INEC boss. According to it, if the Federal Government heeds their plea, the Ohaneze Ndigbo would present three credible candidates whose integrity the pan Igbo body could vouch for, and from the three the government could appoint any one of them.

It said it was on record that an Igbo man, Professor Humphery Nwosu, conducted the 1993 election said to be the most credible election in the political history of the country. If further argued if given the opportunity to present another electoral boss, the leaders of the zone would take responsibility for any pitfall.

Besides, the group would want the Federal Government to involve the leadership of socio-political organisations in the country in making sensitive appointment. 'We urge the Federal Government and, Dr Jonathan to henceforth involve socio-political organisations of the geo-political zones such as Afenifere, Arewa Consultative Forum, Ohaneze Ndigbo, South -South Consultative Assembly etc in making sensitive appointments, as these organization would check- mate the excesses of the recommended appointees.'

It said by so doing, it would not be only the integrity of the appointed official that would be smeared in terms of wrong doing, but also that of the organizations that recommended them.