The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ondo State, Mr. OlusegunAgbaje, has allayed the fears of Nigerians concerning next month’s general elections, assuring that the commission was ready to conduct free and fair poll that would be generally acceptable.
Agbaje said this inOsogbo on Thursday at the launch of “Secrets of Winning Elections” and “Key to Business Success” written by Dr. JimohAgboola, an erstwhile Director of Field Services of the Independent National Electoral Commission as well as it’s Administrative Secretary to Lagos,Kwara and Osun States.
Agbaje said, “INEC is transparent and we are assuring Nigerians of our readiness to ensure that the February general election is the best in the history of Nigeria.
‘’Politics should not be seen as a do-or-die affair. We should see it as a sport and anybody who loses should embrace the winner and the winner must also not see himself as better than everybody.”
He advised Nigerian politicians against desperation while seeking elective offices.
The REC, who was represented by Mr. Obi Nduka, said that it was regrettable that most politicians in the country were always desperate to win election even when they knew clearly that they lacked the support of the majority of the electorate. Agbaje said that the INEC was transparent while assuring Nigerians of the readiness of the commission to ensure that the February general election is the best in the history of Nigeria.
However, Agboola who authored the two books said that many politicians erroneously believe that they could win elections with money but maintained that most of them had been proved wrong by the electorate. He pointed out that politicians needed to know their people very well and must be able to mobilise them to register and vote on election day insisting those were the variables that could see to the victories of politicians at the polls.
The author decried the use of violence by some politicians but said that anyone who loved his people would not engage in violence. According to him, the nation has lost many promising youths to electoral violence while advising the electorate against supporting violent politicians.
Agboola said, “Our polity needs to be directed by well informed politicians so that the nation can grow on all fronts. Many dabble into politics without knowing the things they ought to know.”
Speaking in another vein, the former INEC Chief bemoaned the reading habit of Nigerians, charging relevant stakeholders to put in place mechanism that encourage reading.
“Any society or generation that does not read will never grow. As a matter of fact, this is affecting us greatly as a people and country”
He then tasked writers to embark on researches that could bail the nation and its people out of its doldrums.