September 1, 2020 at 5:33 pm #137KamzyParticipant
Okodili Ndidi, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reassured the electorate in Edo state to expect nothing less than a free and credible poll on September 19, when the governorship election is slated to hold.
It said that it will not be distracted by spurious allegations peddled by mischievous politicians from doing the right thing, “which is to conduct a free and fair election”.
The assurance was given by the INEC National Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, while fielding questions from journalists, shortly after swearing a new Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ekiti State, Tella Adeniran Rahmon, at the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja.
According to the INEC Chair, the Commission will stand by its officials, irrespective of spirited attempts by politicians to smear their reputations, which he said has become the character of these sets of persons, any time elections are to be conducted.
In his words, “let me also say that we stand by our Resident Electoral Commissioners. We know the kind of job we are doing and all manner of people come with all manner of accusations to slander officials of the Commission, essentially now to divert our attention from conducting elections in Nigeria.
“We won’t be distracted; we know these shenanigans, people who have been doing this for a long time. It won’t distract us from doing the right thing.
“My assurance to the people of Edo and Ondo States and the constituencies where we are going to conduct bye-elections on October 31 is that they should expect from INEC, free, fair, and credible elections. Professionalism will not be compromised.
“We will not compromise our oath of office for any reason. Whoever the people vote for becomes the Governor or representative.”
Earlier, shortly after administrating the oath of office on the new REC, Yakubu, charged him to carry out his duties within the ambit of the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Constitution.
Responding, the newly sworn-in REC, pledged to abide by the provisions of the Act that established the Commission to the later.September 2, 2020 at 6:50 pm #171KumberParticipant
Well, let’s keep watching, but I don’t think they are capable of conducting credible election.September 5, 2020 at 9:14 am #191EbereParticipant
Wao! Credible election. Is it possible in Nigeria especially in a case of only one state. We have seen such in Osun, Ekiti, Kogi etc in the past. It is not possible, it is only a matter of get muscle pass.September 10, 2020 at 3:40 pm #317OluwoleParticipant
Is INEC capable of conducting a credible elections? I don’t think so.September 12, 2020 at 6:41 am #350NkechiParticipant
The ball is in their court. That day we will know how credible they are.
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