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Ondo ex-deputy gov tasks Yar’Adua on electoral reform

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He warned that only sincerity and honesty on the part of the nation’s rulers could ensure an overhaul of the country’s electoral system and put the country in a befitting place among civilised nations of the world.

Ayeni lamented that Nigeria has become a laughing stock in the comity of nations owing to the shoddy way the April 2007 elections were conducted, stressing that the country needed a rebirth through electoral reform.

The former university teacher charged the President to resist any temptation from any quarters that could make him leave out any provision of the Justice Muhammadu Uwais Electoral Reform Report in the interest of the people, saying Nigerians should not experience rigging in the 2011 elections

His words: “There are some things that can make and unmake a country, and the issue of election is one of those things. Nigeria has no reason to joke with the election process. This has made us a laughing stock in the comity of nations.”

Ayeni, however, commended President Yar’Adua for his commitment to good electoral system in the country, saying that mooting the idea showed that the President was a sincere leader.

He also lauded President Yar’Adua for accepting that the elections that brought him and most current public office holders into office were faulty, adding that only few leaders could make such confessional statements.


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