The President of Women Arise, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, has described as appalling, the continued stay of Mrs. Ayoka Adebayo in the Independent National Electoral Commission.

She said it was high time Adebayo quit or face being booted out of INEC.

Adebayo was recently redeployed to Ondo State from Ekiti as resident electoral commissioner.

According to Okei-Odumakin, ”Women Arise wants more women to play prominent roles in our national affairs but Adebayo represents a negative for the Nigerian woman given her indecent antecedent as the resident electoral commissioner in Ekiti State during the governorship rerun election in the state last year.

”Adebayo had initially raised expectations of many Nigerians that a woman of integrity was about to emerge in a nation shorn of genuine heroes when she resigned her appointment citing undue pressure to do what was wrong against her ”Christian conscience”. Her courage failed her within two days as she compromised her conscience by returning to Ekiti to eat her vomit by announcing the result she earlier rejected.

”With that, she lost all moral claims to integrity in public life.”

Okei-Odumakin noted that Adebayo should have quit public office to ”nurse the wound of her moral turpitude. And if we had people of integrity at the helm of affairs in Nigeria, there was no way she would have been retained on the electoral board.

”WA insists that Mrs. Adebayo‘s continued stay in the INEC is a big blight on the credibility of INEC, in a season when great effort is required to rekindle the interest of the electorates in the ballot box once again.”

This, she said was why Adebayo was being asked to resign her appointment with immediate effect.

”Women Arise will support all efforts to pile pressure on the authorities to kick Adebayo out if she fails to voluntarily quit her office. Nigeria is blessed with a lot of women who have impeccable records to take up that job.”

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