Buhari vs Yar’Adua: A lesson for INEC, Political Parties

A university don, Dr. Kayode Oyende, has sent a strong warning to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and all political parties to learn from the past mistakes made out of previous electoral processes in the country with a view to avoiding same in future.

Oyende, who gave the charge during his review of the book, “Buhari v Yar’Adua: Facing The 0Future,” written by Mr Opeyemi Soyombo, a Special Assistant to Ogun state governor, urged INEC and all the political parties and politicians to get their acts together and learn lessons from the past.

The book, encapsulates the 2007 general election which the current President, Muhammadu Buhari lost to late President Musa Yar’Adua as well as the subject matter on the electoral contest or litigation which came after the loss and the resolution of the electoral disputes, one way or the other both at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal and at the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

The author noted that the bone of contention is the interpretation of section 146(1) of the Electoral Act 2006. The section states thus: “An election shall not be liable to be invalidated by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of this Act if it appears to the Electoral Tribunal or court that the election was conducted substantially in accordance with the principles of this Act and that the non-compliance did not affect substantially the result of the election”.

Meantime, during the book launch, wife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, described President Muhammadu Buhari as a dogged fighter, noting that his persistence to pilot the affairs of the country after four attempts eventually paid off.

Mrs Amosun spoke yesterday during the public presentation of the book, Buhari vs Yar’Adua: Facing The Future at the DLK Events Centre, Abeokuta. According to Amosun, “There are lots of lessons to learn from the life of President Muhammadu Buhari, most especially his doggedness and compassion for the masses.

The successes recorded in the anti-corruption war of his government are ultimately to the benefit of the masses.”

She said further that the book “shows that the author has been following with keen interest elections held in the country and the petitions arising from them.”

She commended the efforts of the author, Mr Soyombo Opeyemi, for documenting the Presidential Election suit between the candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and President Umaru Yar’Adua of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2007.

Speaking at the event, the Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Barr Taiwo Adeoluwa, observed that President Buhari and Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, were together in the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in 2007, noting that “the two have had a long-standing relationship.”


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