Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, want President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate and sack all political appointees refusing to resign after purchasing the forms to contest the elections.
The Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, Auwal Musa, who spoke on behalf of the CSOs, in Abuja said the act contradicts the 2022 constitution as amended,.
He expressed worry on the activities of some political office holders whose actions had negatively affected the image of the country, and called on the present administration to dedicate the remaining period in office to genuinely work for Nigerians.
“There is need to immediately sack and commence an investigation of all ministers and political appointees that have bought forms to contest elections without resignation which is in contradiction of the Electoral Act 2022 as amended”.
“Similarly, to hear a Minister of the country recently captured boasting about making donations of 200 luxury cars to politicians and promising if need be to share jets is simply incredible, such political appointees are bad influence on the image of this administration”. He said
There is urgent need for this administration to fix the many challenges facing the economy, and making democracy work for the people, other than the less than 1% ruling class that has cornered 90% of the country’s resources.
“University education and health care system has been systematically crippled due to nonchalance, the nation is in dire need of help”
The Program Coordinator Center for Democracy and Development Mr Austin Aigbe and other CSOs called for the resignation of the CBN Governor Mr Godwin Emefiale, to enable him pursue his political ambition.
According to them “He had to step down to give room for those who can revamp the Country’s economy the opportunity to take over the position of CBN Governor, as all election sensitive materials are not save, if Mr Emefiele’s interest is divided, and the fact that all materials for elections are saved in the Apex bank, calls for great concern”
The CSOs include: Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD; Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre CISLAC, Centre for Information Technology and Development CITAD; Zero-Corruption Coalition ZCC; Partners on Electoral Reform; African Centre for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL; National Procurement Watch Platform; Praxis Center; Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civil Education CHRICED, among others.
BY JULIAN OSAMOTO