The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use Kogi and Bayelsa elections to demonstrate its commitment to the free, fair and credible election without being influenced or manipulated.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan made the call to INEC in a statement issued on Monday, November 4, in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan made the call while reacting to INEC’s deployment of extra National Commissioners and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), from other states, to Kogi and Bayelsa for the Nov. 16 governorship elections in the two states.
He said that the PDP already had a due diligence report on each of the deployed commissioners.
“Our party recognises that while some are of clean records in their previous responsibilities, there are others who are known to be of questionable characters and fared far below expectations in their responsibilities.”
He cautioned INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to note that the deployment of officials with known integrity issues was capable of triggering a crisis and jeopardising the credibility of the electoral process.
He advised INEC to allow the will of the people to prevail.
Meanwhile, Yakubu has approved the deployment of three of the commission’s national commissioners and seven Resident Electoral Commissioners in Kogi State.
The Head, Voter Education and Publicity Department in the Lokoja office of INEC, Ahmed Biambo, announced this on Monday.
He mentioned the three national commissioners to include Mohammed Haruna, Solomon Soyebi and retired Ahmed Mu’azu.
According to him, the affected RECs are Ibrahim Abdullahi, Prof Riskuwa Sheu and Mr Emeka Ononamadu from Bauchi, Kano and Enugu states, respectively.
Biambo said the three RECs had arrived in Lokoja to join the state REC, Prof James Apam, preparatory to the state governorship election on November 16.
He said the remaining four RECs would arrive in the state on November 9 to join their colleagues.
They are Benue State REC, Dr Goshe Yilwatda; Lagos State REC, Mr Sam Olumeku; Rivers State REC, Mr Obo Effanga; and Gombe State REC, Umaru Ibrahim.
He assured the people that their votes would count during the election but urged them to be peaceful and avoid negative actions before, during and after the election.