By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it is pertinent for Nigerians to get it right in the forthcoming general elections.
The commission noted that the consequence of not getting it right would be enormous for the country and should not even be contemplated.
The Osun state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Olusegun Agbaje stated this at a stakeholders meeting held at INEC headquarters, Osogbo, on Monday.
Agbaje then called on the political class to change the attitude of do or die attitude to good conduct in politics.
According to him, “The attitude of the political class particularly on what it takes to win elections which usually involve winning election at all cost by developing all sorts of illicit means such as vote buying, use of thugs to disrupt election process, raising of false alarm and dissemination of fake news to whip up unnecessary sentiments as well as the use of hate speeches or vulgar languages to undermine the electoral process.
“If we must tame the monstrous phenomenon of vote buying and other wicked forces that have continuously threatened the credibility of our elections in Nigeria, the political class must change its ‘do or die’ attitude to good conduct in politics.”
The Osun REC therefore urged all to do everything necessary within the ambit of the law towards playing their various roles effectively for the conduct of free, fair and credible 2019 general elections.
Agbaje added that sensitive materials would be distributed on Thursday, warning politicians to disallow thuggery so that Nigeria can have credible elections.
The state Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Emmanuel Attah, expressed sadness over the hostage of some corps member during the last gubernatorial election and forcing them to declare the results of election before they were rescued by the army.
He said, “If anyone intimidate any of our corps members, we will follow you. Our corps member will ensure a very credible election by playing the usual role of being apolitical.”
The new Commissioner of Police, Mrs Abiodun Ige, warned that police would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anybody that attempt to breach the peace, saying “nobody is above the law”.
The immediate past speaker of Osun State House of Assembly and candidate of APC in Ede Federal constituency, Adejare Bello, expressed worry over the number of political parties.
He urged INEC to review it and ensure that any political party that has no representative at the state assemble should not be allowed to produce candidate for national seat.
The meeting had in attendance, representative of traditional rulers in each of the senatorial districts, securities, National Orientation Agency, all candidates, civil societies, among others.