- INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Oyo state, Mutiu Agboke, said some politicians are pressurising the electoral body purchase unclaimed PVCs
- Agboke, however, said the commission is not giving in to such pressure
- The Oyo state REC assured residents of the state of smooth elections devoid of crisis in 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday, December 27, raised the alarm that some politicians in Oyo state were mounting pressure on the commission to sell unclaimed permanent voter cards in its custody to them.
The Punch reports that the electoral body, however, said it was not giving in to such pressure aimed at rigging the forthcoming polls because “INEC is determined to ensure that people’s votes count in the free, fair and credible elections in 2019.”
Speaking on the theme, “Online journalism and Media integrity in Nigeria,” the Oyo state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Barrister Mutiu Agboke declared that some politicians, whose identities he did not disclose, approached the commission to buy PVCs to rig the elections.
He stated: “As far as we are concerned, PVCs are not for sale.”
The REC assured residents of the state of smooth elections devoid of crisis in 2019, stressing that no worker of the commission would sell PVCs to any politician ahead of the 2019 elections.
Agboke said: “They are looking for PVCs to buy. They are looking for what is not available because they know that these things are not available. This is the security report at my disposal.
“Tell those who are looking for PVCs to buy that there is none to buy in Oyo state. I can assure you that no INEC employee will sell PVCs to any politician. I can assure you that the process will be free and fair in Oyo state.
“Those who are looking for PVCs to buy, I won’t give you their names. I don’t have their names.
“But that is the security report I got and the report did not specify the party and the individuals that are involved. They want us to give them PVCs but we can’t give it to them. They want to buy PVCs but there is none to sell in Oyo state.”
Agboke urged journalists in the state to cooperate with the commission in spreading accurate information to members of the public.
He said: “All of us are stakeholders. If you are in doubt, call INEC. More so, you are online journalists, let us ensure that we have our facts correct. For me in Oyo state, I have nothing to hide. We conducted the election in Eruwa and the people that won, won.”
He urged journalists to abide by the ethics of the profession at all times.
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Meanwhile, as the 2019 general elections draw nearer, an application has been introduced by INEC that will make it possible for every Nigerian to be an election observer and report live from their polling units.
The disclosure was made on Thursday, December 27, by INEC national commissioner and chairman, Board of the Electoral Institute, Mustapha Leeky, while declaring open a three-day workshop on electoral security training in Abuja.
Legit.ng gathers that the application, which has geo-referencing features that can enable the electoral body’s officials to identify wherever challenges may arise, can be downloaded for free on INEC website or Google Play Store.
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