Human rights activist and former Chairman of Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu has described the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the most corrupt federal government agency in Nigeria.
Prof. Odinkalu, who is recently the senior team manager for the Africa Program of Open Society Justice Initiative, claimed that everybody in INEC, from the Chairman to the cleaners, is corrupt.
Speaking in Abuja on Friday at the Colloquium organised by Fundacion Exito with the theme, Nigeria in 2023: What does Nigeria need now? The Professor noted that Nigeria’s electoral umpire is more corrupt than the Nigeria Police.
He said that for Nigeria to get it right, the electoral umpire and the judiciary must attend a certain height to perfection as the country goes into the presidential election next weekend.
“Everybody in INEC from the Chairman to the cleaners are corrupt,” he said.
“INEC is more corrupt than the police. The difference is that their corruption is seasonal. It is programmed. It happens every four years when they collect big money.”