A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association,
Rotimi Akeredolu, has said the political class and
not the Independent National Electoral Commission
should be blamed for inconclusive elections in the
Akeredolu, who is an All Progressives Congress
aspirant for the Ondo State governorship election,
said this in Abuja, on Wednesday.
He spoke in an interview with newsmen after
collecting his nomination and intention forms at
the APC national secretariat.
He said the political class had put a lot of
impediments on the way of the electoral body by
its refusal to play by the rules.
Akeredolu explained that INEC had always made
efforts to ensure the conduct of successful
elections, but lamented that it was unfortunate that
the political class had frustrated the commission.
He, however, said the current INEC Chairman,
Mahmood Yakubu, must build on the legacy of his
predecessor, Prof. Attahiru Jega.
Akeredolu said, “I can assure you of one thing,
these inconclusive elections have been worrisome
to everybody but the question must be asked, who
is to blame?
“I think the blame is for all of us and I want to
believe that mainly, the blame is for politicians
because when INEC makes some efforts to put in
place all their preparations towards elections,
politicians will go ahead and put impediments on
INEC’s path, it is an unfortunate development.”
Speaking on the anti-corruption fight of the
President Muhammadu Buhari administration,
Akeredolu said, “As President of the Nigerian Bar
Association, I was one of those who fought
corruption and will continue to fight corruption
anywhere it rears its head. I intervene in so many
topical issues as the President of the NBA.
“The President has talked about the members of
the bar and the judiciary. What the President is
saying is that he needs the cooperation of the
“The problem with the justice system is that it
moves slowly, but surely. There is no way you can
find a quick fix to justice because everybody is
entitled to fair hearing.”