Ex-INEC boss, Maurice Iwu, gives recipe for credible 2015 elections

Former INEC Chairman, Maurice Iwu
A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Maurice Iwu, has listed pitfalls that must be avoided for the 2015 elections to be successful.

Mr. Iwu, according to a statement on Sunday by RealNews magazine, spoke at the second anniversary lecture of the online news magazine in Lagos.

Mr. Iwu, who was the guest lecturer at the event, said although the prediction about Nigeria’s collapse in 2015 will fail, urgent steps must be taken to address such issues as electoral violence, influence of money politics, the negative mindset of Nigerians, internal democracy within the political parties and the reluctance of women to participate in politics and elections.

The former INEC boss said everything must be done to ensure that violence does not mar the elections as there were already signs that some Nigerians desperate for power at all cost would do “just anything” in the bid to achieve their aims.

He said such people were those giving the doomsday prediction that Nigeria would break up in 2015 more grounds to spread.

He expressed confidence in the ability of President Goodluck Jonathan to keep the country one.

He argued that a lot of Nigerians were underestimating the capacity of Mr. Jonathan to deal with issues and situations firmly, adding: “He is one of the most focused Nigerians I have ever met.”

Mr. Iwu said following closely on the heels of the issue of violence is the mindset of Nigerians that the country can never do anything right.

He said such a negative mindset does not even enable Nigerians celebrate feats achieved by the country from time to time.

He cited the 2007 elections that culminated in the transition from one democratic government to another as a major watershed that was not valued by Nigerians.

He said when this happened in Pakistan,  Pakistanis celebrated the feat, while Nigerians rubbished it.

Mr. Iwu admonished: “INEC is made up of human being. They can make mistakes. We should encourage the correction of those mistakes rather than throwing the system into chaos.”

He also said the time had come to curb the influence of money in politics and instil internal democracy in parties.

He said it is by doing this that those with great ideas but who are not moneybags can freely partake in the political process.

He said the multiplicity of parties and arbitrary defections in Nigeria was because politicians believe if they could not get justice in one party, they should move to another.

On the involvement of women in politics, Mr. Iwu said Nigeria cannot make the giant leap it wants until more women were involved in the political process.

He said if the environment becomes right, there would be very little need for the involvement of the police and military in the electoral process.

He added: “Political parties are becoming the preserve of an exclusive few. We exclude our best and brightest and this should not be so. The electoral environment has its own peculiarities, which must be addressed. The prospect for future elections are very bright.  We should have faith in ourselves, but note that mistakes must be made.”

The Managing Director of Nigerian Export-Import Bank, Roberts Orya, said Nigeria must continue in its quest to continually improve on its leadership.

Mr. Orya, who spoke on: “Economics implications of getting the right leadership,” said leaders only leverage on the quality of people around them.

He said good leaders are those who are capable of managing the people and resources available to them, and with the capacity to influence.

He however said no matter how bad it is assumed a decision made by a leader is, it is “better to make a decision that is unpopular than not making one”.

Mr. Orya said the notion that a leader must know it all is wrong, adding that leadership is central “to economic development.

“It is just the sincere pragmatic application of the principles of leadership.  Each of us just need to play our roles.”

The Publisher and Editor of RealNews, Maureen Chigbo, described the lecture as the online portal’s contribution to the development of Nigeria.

Ms. Chigbo said the magazine would do more in the years ahead.

 


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  • bikky

    ”He expressed confidence in the ability of President Goodluck Jonathan to keep the country one” Baba, I loved all your above statements but I will totally disagree with this one in quote. President Jona lacks all what it takes to keep Nigeria together,he has lost the decorum,he lost the ideas,he lost Knowledge ,he lost human power(aides and military),he lost everything to continue as a Nigeria president. In fact, I have no apology for any party and my God will not allow me to love fraudulent party but we need another man that can give us a new Nigeria, a united Nigeria on the ground of loyalty,sincerity,humans feeling,human friendly,love to fathers land and total security within and outside either in PDP,APC,LABOUR,ACCORD OR OJJ party,we don’t need party affiliation but we need personalty somebody with little or no ”black parch” because we are all humans.

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  • charles

    Professor Iwu…custodian of the worst election ever chairman….teacher pls don’t teach me nonsense…

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Imagine a teacher whose students failed a major examination attempting to teach his colleagues how to produce successful students! Wonders will never end. This shameless man called Iwu is the biggest electoral fraud in Nigeria’s history, and his name will live in infamy forever.

  • Chris1408

    wow, wonder shall never end. Imagine the worst INEC chairman giving someone else advice. Iwu in collaboration with OBJ has done the worst damage to Nigeria democracy

  • Usman

    smoke weed and talk

  • Wähala

    Iwu who conducted the worst election in the history of mankind giving Jega advise on how to beat that record…
    Hahahahahahaa chai! Where did they dig up Iwu from, I thought maggots are crawling out of his eyeballs by now…
    Prof. Maurice Iwu, who claimed chewing gworo is the cure for Ebola. Wonders never end with Professor of Wuruwuru…
    Hahaha chai!

  • Dr. Kay

    See the mouth of a corrupt stealing thief. Who are you to offer suggestions or advice? You who cannot conduct a free, fair, credible and rigging proofed election is now born again abi? Useless id1ot your dirty recipes are not just the right ingredients my friend. You are a nonentity.

  • Atom Ant

    E e e ya ah! See what printer’s devil has done to the casting of this headline. He must have been quoted out of context or it’s a slip of brain, definitely not of tongue.

  • SAM BABALOLA

    Maurice Ewu, is a fake professor, who had faked a lot of election results as INEC chairman in the previous elections in Nigeria.Recently he wanted to transform his fakery to Global level at the peak of Ebola pandemic , where he told the whole World with fake knowledge of pharmacology that Bitter Kola can cure Ebola . He was immediately put in the trash. Seen a failed INEC man advising about election is a recipe for electoral disaster .