Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has called for the implementation of Justice Mohammed Lawal Uwais National Electoral Reform Committee (NERC) report.
He also wants the creation of an Electoral Crimes Commission to try election offenders.
In a statement Monday, the former Vice President stated that to ensure the independence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the power to appoint Chairman and board of the commission should be taken away from the president and given to the judiciary, as recommended by Justice Uwais panel.
“Of all three arms of government, the judiciary is the least affected by elections, meaning that it has the highest objectivity in matters relating to the INEC.
“It is therefore in the best position of the three arms, to appoint a chairman and board members for the electoral body that are impartial, competent and patriotic,” he stated.
Atiku said he was challenging the conduct of the 2019 presidential election not just to correct the past mistakes but to ensure that such mistakes do not happen in future.
He added that the nation’s electoral system should not only be brought up to date “by the acceptance of the amendments to the Electoral Act passed by the eight National Assembly, we also need to be up to tomorrow, by taking steps today to ensure that the lapses that made it possible for the 2019 elections to be manipulated or rigged are addressed.