Olawale Ibrahim , Lokoja
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has has restated its commitments to deliver Peaceful, free, fair, credible ,acceptable and conclusive governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
The National Chairman, Independent National Election Commission INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this while speaking at the Stakeholders meeting with all candidates of political parties participating in Kogi November 16th aagovernorship election in Lokoja on Thursday .
Yakubu explained that the commission will continue to maintain law and election integrity , adding that the INEC was determined to conduct peaceful election in the state and the stakeholders should assist the commission to accomplish its mission.
The INEC National Chairman told the Stakeholders that the meeting become imperative with a view to find a way to conduct violence free election on November 16th 2019 .
He expressed concerns over the actions and utterances of some political actors, saying that these are inimical to fragile peace and stressed that politicians should learn to play the game by its rules.
Yakabu also bemoaned some of ugly incidences that occurred in some flash points during last general election, in Okene, Ogori/Magongo, adavi and Dekina , calling on the stakeholders to change the narrative and image of Kogi State in the November governorship election .
He also decried the the transactions going around the polling units that was referred to as vote buying and selling ,adding that as much as the commission is willing to deliver its jobs ,miscreants were frustrating their efforts .
“The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC will no longer tolerate attempt to intimidate any of our staff, before, during and at collation centres as those involve will be made to face full wrath of law”.
Earlier the Resident Electoral Commissioner , Professor James Apam has said that the Commission was ready to conduct peaceful election , saying that INEC in Kogi had commenced the election process earlier.
Apam explained that the commission had issued out permanent voter cards to their respective own ,saying that only about 10,000 eligible voters collected the PVCs during the period and commission still has 160, 646 unclaimed.
The State Governor Yahaya Bello and the flag bearer of the l Progressive Congress APC, stated as the chief security officer of the state , he had sworn to an oath that he as the executive governor of the State will protect lives and property .
The Governor explained that all the reports that emanated from the state during the last general election was not the true reflection of what happened in the State.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate , Musa Wada has called on the Security agencies to look into the chief alleged training of private army by the politicians in the state.
Wada explained that his ambition does not worth the blood of anybody , stating that if we are practicing democracy ,there should not be no room for militarizing election in Kogi State.