A former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Professor Chidi Odinkalu, has said that the 2019 general elections may not hold except certain things are put in place by the Federal Government.
Odinkalu stated this at the National Townhall Meeting on Post-2015 Election Research organised by ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) at the Sheraton Hotels in Abuja. The former NHRC boss said preparation towards the next election was not encouraging considering the vacancies in the Independent National Electoral Election (INEC) at the moment. LEADERSHIP can report that presently there are 28 vacancies in INEC with 22 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and 6 National Commissioners missing.
He said all the elements that made the 2015 elections credible are missing. He called on INEC to ensure that it gets Nigerians’ support as it sets to conduct the 2019 election most importantly the Edo governorship elections which hold next weekend and the Ondo governorship poll later in the year.
According to him, “the executive is not communicating with Nigerians, the National Assembly has lost the trust of the people while the judiciary has been compromised. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is troubled and the politicians have thrown caution to the winds. Government says it has no money to run the economy.