As the country moves towards the 2014 gubernatorial election in Anambra State and the 2015 general election, a call has been made for politicians with corruption cases not to be allowed to run for elective offices.
The Delta State Youth Forum for Good Governance which made the call in Abuja yesterday, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to clear candidates with corruption cases pending against them to run for offices.
At a press conference, president of the forum, Comrade Prince Kpokpogri, said: “Politicians whose cases are still pending with the anti-corruption agencies should be disqualified from vying for elections in all states of the federation until they have been given a clean bill by such agencies.”
“This, we strongly believe, is one of the ways to ensure equity, fairness and justice in the forthcoming elections. It would be morally wrong for anyone whose integrity is at stake to be allowed to contest any sensitive position in governance,” he added.
Kpokpogri commended the electoral commission for the successes recorded in the conduct of elections, especially the recent ones in Edo and Ondo states, which were adjudged free and fair even by the international community.
He said that Nigerians and indeed the entire world are looking up to INEC to prove that free and fair election is possible in Nigeria.
“It is our strong belief that Nigerians and indeed the entire world is looking up to INEC to prove that free and fair election is possible in Nigeria. Consequently political office holders whose case files are with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent and Corrupt Practices and related offences Commission (ICPC) should not be allowed to contest elections until they have cleared their names,” he said.