Comrade Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, Executive Director, CISLAC
Comrade Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, Executive Director, CISLAC

TMG elects Auwal Rafsanjani as new chairman

NEWS DIGEST – The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), has elected Auwal Musa Rafsanjani as the new chairman of its board.

Mr. Rafsanjani was elected alongside other members of the Board at the group’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, August 26 at Zeus Hotel, Abuja.

This was disclosed in a press release by the immediate past chairman of the group, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, who stepped down having served the required maximum of four years single-term in office.

Before the election, the AGM started with an Electoral Summit with the theme: The Future of Nigeria Election; The Way Forward.

The Summit looked at various issues that can improve or impede elections in Nigeria with a focus on electoral security, internal party democracy, electronic voting, and the impact of election litigation on the integrity of our electoral process.

Before his appointment, Mr. Rafsanjani, who is also the Head of Transparency International-Nigeria and the Chairman Board of Trustee, Amnesty International-Nigeria will now steer the affairs of the flagship election observation coalition in the country for the next four years.

According to the press release, the new chairman is known for his consistent engagement of the polity in the last two decades pushing for sustainable reforms that will bring lasting solutions to the Nigerian many crises.

As the flagship of election observation in Nigeria, TMG played a pivotal role in ensuring civic participation by mobilizing citizens during Nigeria’s transition program conducted by the then Military regime of General Abdusalami Abubakar between 1998 and 1999. Since then, TMG has consistently engaged the electoral process in ensuring transparency, accountability, and credibility of the process by sensitizing and observing every strand of election in Nigeria.

Other members elected by the group included 10 new Board members and the state coordinators who were pooled from different demographics to reflect the diversity of the country. Mr. Rafsanjani succeeded Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi who stepped down having served the required maximum of four years single-term in office.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Rafsanjani thanked the outgoing Board and promised to add to some of the achievements made by his predecessor. Outlining his key agenda as the Chairman of the Board.

The new chairman promised to carry along members by running an all-inclusive organization, rebuilding partnerships with stakeholders especially with the donor community as well as other relevant agencies in the development sector.

He noted that the new leadership will make all necessary efforts to bring together all members in order to work as a team toward moving the organization forward and mobilize citizens to demand accountability in order to choose the right leaders as we match toward the 2023 General Election.

In the same vein, the new Board pledged to uphold an already established goodwill and sustained relationship the group presently enjoys with the media.

Mr. Rafsanjani thanked the members of the coalition for their steadfastness and noted that in the spirit of accountability, the new Board will resuscitate the TMG Newsletter, ‘Democracy Watch’ so as to maintain constant communication with the members on the activities of the group.

He praised the effort of the outgoing leadership for the good work they did to keep the organization relevant.

Other members elected into the Board included: Ms. Mirian Menkiti, Vice-Chair; Mr. Tijani Abdulkareem, Treasurer; Ms. Ekaete Judith Umoh, Representing Persons with disabilities; Mr. Tayo Akinpelu, Representing the Youth; Dr. Abdu-Azis Bako, North Central Coordinator; Sylvester Okoduwa, South South Coordinator; Dr. Joseph Gimba, North East Coordinator; Mr. Adesina Adefolahan, South West; Pastor Gabriel Odom, South East; and Hajia Fatima Mohammed Umar, North West.