• Tuesday, December 05, 2023
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Agbakoba hails Tinubu over Emefiele, Bawa’s suspension, others

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Olisa Agbakoba, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has congratulated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his decision to suspend the erstwhile governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele and Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa.

Agbakoba also commended the President for getting rid of the fuel subsidy and foreign exchange corruption.

In a statement he personally signed on Thursday, a copy of which was made available to BusinessDay, the Maritime lawyer said: “Full congratulations go to President Tinubu for getting rid of Emefiele and Bawa and fuel subsidy and forex corruption.”

He noted that “Endemic corruption has suffered a massive blow.

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Agbakoba, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), suggested that “Next is for the president to dismantle INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission). Everyone will agree that logistically, the 2023 elections are the worst in our history. I do not refer to the merits of the results of the elections. Many results are disputed and are in Tribunals. Both petitioners and respondents suffered at the hands of an incompetent INEC.

“As we await rulings from the courts, massive reforms of the electoral framework ought to begin but this means that the INEC Chairman will have to leave office by resignation or removal, otherwise the reform task will be impeded.

“I add very quickly that the suggested reforms have nothing to do with the merits of election results at all. Both winners and losers of the elections were victims of the failure of INEC. Confidence in Nigeria’s democracy will be enhanced by a deep cleansing of INEC.”