INEC goofed – Bishop Chukwunenye

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has come under the hammer of Bishop Geoffrey Chukwunenye, Ph.D JP, of the Anglican Diocese of Oru, for conducting the “worst managed” electoral process in the 2019 general elections.
In his Presidential Address at the fourth synod of the Oru Diocese, Bishop Chukwunenye noted that the present government has taken the country many years backwards in election management as the 2019 election turned out the worst since the current democratic dispensation.
He described vote buying as a new political puzzle that is very devastating to electoral mandates, expressing worry at its entrenchment in the system.
The Bishop called for a sustained campaign against the menace as well as the enforcement of the law that forbids it.
The prelate, however, commended the people of Anambra, Ekit and Imo states who, he said, rose above vote-buying and other electoral malpractices to elect their popular choices.
Bishop Chukwunenye, however, congratulated Presient Muhanumadu Buhari on his re-election and advised him to use the second term to correct the mistakes he made in his first term, and to also consider reflecting the national character in his appointments, as well as cubbing the menace of herdsmen, Boko-Haram and other security challenges.
While also congratulating Hon. Emeka Ihedioha who was sworn-in as Imo state governor on May 29, the bishop advised him to be purposeful and prudent, avoiding frivolities and overseas trips in the guise of bringing foreign investors when the enabling environment were lacking.
“I urged the governor-elect to give the people of the state a sense of belonging and restore their confidence in governance as equal stakeholders in the state”, he said.
The Bishop frowned at the undue proliferation of higher institutions of learning in Imo State and advised government to use the funds to adequately equip the Imo State University and other established colleges to save cost.
Bishop Chukwunenye was also particularly worried about the state of electricity supply in the country and urged communities to protect installations  from vandalisation.
Other issues that attracted his attention were minimum wage and VAT increase, building collapse and gas flaring.
He called on the government to find solutions to these problems.
The theme of the synod held at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Otilu Oru-West LGA was “can a Man be profitable to God? (Job 22:27).