The All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus, in the House of Representatives, has said that there are no perfect elections anywhere in the world, not even in advance democracy as was recently witnessed.
The House Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamlia, who spoke today, Tuesday, on behalf of the caucus at the National Assembly, against the background of the just concluded general elections in the country, said: “there are no perfect elections anywhere in the world; the most advanced democracy in America, we saw the issues.”
This is even as he promised that the ninth national assembly will strive to come up with proper legislation aimed at retooling the electoral law for a better process in the future.
He emphasized that legislative improvements in the Electoral Act would be made ahead of the 2023 General Elections, saying: “reform is a continuous process, until we get to that stage of perfection.
“So we will continue to reform, and there are reforms; things to be done. So we’ll look at it wholesale, so that by 2023 we present an even more perfect, if not completely perfect, at least a near perfect electoral law.”
Femi Gbajabiamlia commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for what he described as fairly credible elections, adding that the country must strive for perfection.
“We congratulate the INEC. Despite the hiccups, the umpire gave us fairly credible elections. But as a country, we must strive for perfection and try to do better. In this regard, the legislature is key in retooling the electoral process and perfecting it going forward.
“Most especially, we congratulate the Nigerian people for keeping faith with our democracy and electoral process which can only get better as we progress.
He asked INEC to do the needful and speedily re-conduct elections in those areas where the elections were declared inconclusive so that the nation could move forward.