A former aide to Ex-Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande has told President Bola Tinubu to accept that the Independent National Electoral Commission needs to be fixed, just like late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua did.
This came on the premise of the Labour Party and its presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections, Mr Peter Obi had alleged that INEC failed to timeously transmit election results as promised, according to Daily Trust.
Although the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal ruled that the commission was not compelled by the Electoral Act to transmit results electronically, he however, urged INEC to do something to regain the public’s trust.
While being featured on Channels TV, he said, “We have seen in this election that we were promised that we would have the report (results) on the IREV although the law didn’t say so.
“So (that is) why INEC has been able to explain to the justices and said that look we are not compelled by the law to transmit the results.
“So INEC still has the work to do to try and rebuild the trust and they ought to be at the forefront of pushing for reform.
“The president himself at the end of the day ought to also come out just like President Yar’Adua did to say that look I understand that we have to fix the electoral process and I think a lot of what we should do at the end of the day is to come back and look at the reforms.”
Also worthy of note is that the late Yar’Adua had admitted that the 2007 election that brought him in was flawed.