n African Renaissance - A mid-term assessment of Yar Adua administration : an opinion

Volume 6 Number 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


President Umaru Musa Yar'adua was sworn in as Nigeria's president on 29th May, 2007 to succeed Olusegun Obasanjo after an election widely regarded as flawed. The administration, since its inception, is therefore faced with strong challenge of credibility from the Nigerian citizens and the international community.

This challenge led the president to constitute a committee under Justice Muhammed Lawal Uwais to suggest ways of reforming the electoral process. However, one of the key recommendations of the committee, which sought to transfer the power of appointing electoral commission chairman to judicial service commission, was jettisoned by the government; and the government insists on appointing the electoral commission chairman. There is also not much enthusiasm towards the implementation of other recommendations of the committee. Re-run elections in several states like Ekiti were still marred by widespread rigging. Where results of election are cancelled by election tribunals and fresh elections conducted, the ruling party has won in majority of the states.

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