Nigerians need better governance, NNPP tells Buhari


… Wants INEC to improve on election processes



*As Party bemoans irregularities against its candidate in Bauchi

The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari, the declared winner of the 2019 Presidential Election, on the need for better governance as he continues to run the affairs of the nation in the next four years.

National Chairman of the Party, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, told newsmen in Lagos on Friday that in spite of Buhari’s efforts at fighting corruption and tackling insecurity, he would be expected to address more problems, especially issues dividing the various ethnic nationalities.
Anibonam said: “…we believe he owes it as a duty to the founding fathers and of this great country, and indeed this generation and coming generations to use everything at his disposal to reconcile this badly polarised and divided nation.”
He requested President Buhari to address the issue of restructuring the Nigerian polity, and called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure more credible and transparent election processes by introducing electronic voting totally.
Aniebonam noted that the INEC was obviously overwhelmed by logistical challenges, one area he thinks could be better handled by professional logistics providers in future elections.
Meanwhile, the NNPP chieftain complained that his party’s candidate for the Senatorial election of Feb. 23 , Mr. Farouq Mustapha, was robbed of his mandate to represent the Bauchi North Senatorial District as a result of irregularities in the voting and result collation processes.
Aniebonam however vowed that his Party would fight for its right in due course and through the appropriate channel for redress.
He said:” It is bizarre and against the Electoral Law that election results for Gamawa and Zaki Local Government Areas were not declared at the polling units, but taken to Azare.
“We have decided to bring this to the attention of Mr. President and the people of Bauchi State in particular to know the shenanigans that took place in the Senatorial election in Bauchi State.
“We have all the evidence to take it back at the appropriate time using the instrumentality of the law.”
The NNPP used the opportunity to call on Nigerians to come out and exercise their civic responsibility by ensuring that they vote and not fight during the forthcoming Governorship and House of Assembly Election on March 9.