Former FEDECO Chair, Ovie Whiskey, Dead
July 18, 2012 in Nigerian Current Affairs
Justice Victor Ovie Whiskey, the man who presided over the 1983 general election as Chairman of the defunct Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO), has died. He was 88.
Family sources, who confirmed the demise of Justice Whiskey, said he passed on peacefully in his sleep surrounded by a few family members.
Ovie Whiskey was the Chief Judge of the defunct Bendel State when the erstwhile President, Shehu Shagari appointed him to head the electoral body.
The former Judge, who was born on April 6, 1924, attended Kings College, Lagos and later the University College, now University of Ibadan, before going abroad to study law at the University of London.
At the time President Shagari appointed him as FEDECO boss, he was the Chief Judge of Bendel State.
But the general elections, which he supervised in 1983 were marred by widespread irregularities and the electoral officials were accused of rigging the results in favour of the ruling National Party of Nigeria (NPN).
via Thisday Newspapers