- INEC has been asked by Labaran Maku to ensure free, fair and credible 2019 general elections in Nasarawa state
- The APGA governorship candidate in the state said only credible elections would make leaders deliver on their campaign promises
- Maku also called on security agencies to avoid compromising the electoral process, in the interest of democracy in the country
Labaran Maku, Nasarawa state governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure free, fair and credible 2019 general elections in the state.
Maku who made the call during a courtesy call on the commission’s office in Lafia on Friday, January 11, said INEC should not succumb to pressure from some politicians to compromise on its mandate.
He further said that the only thing that would compel leaders to deliver on their campaign promises is credible elections.
He said: “When politicians know that they cannot subvert the wish of the people by influencing the outcome of elections, they are bound to be prepared to perform. If all of us know that the only way to get elected is through popular vote, we most work for the people.
“But when INEC officials allow themselves to be used to rig elections against popular will, the country will continue to witness bad governance”
The governorship candidate remarked that electoral officers who succumbed to pressure from politicians and rigged elections might benefit in the short run. He however stressed that such people would later be affected by bad health facilities and insecurity due to bad governance by dishonest declared winners of such elections.
The former minister of information also called on security agencies to exhibit neutrality and avoid compromising the electoral process, in the interest of democracy in the country.
In his words: “If INEC and the security agencies love this country, they should allow free, fair and credible elections.”
The APGA candidate promised to ensure that his supporters conducted themselves well before, during and after the polls.
Uthman Ajidagba, the resident electoral commissioner in the state, expressed gratitude to the candidate for the visit.
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Ajidagba assured him that the commission would do its best to ensure that the general elections would be better than the previous ones. He added that with the technology employed by the commission, nobody could clone the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for the purpose of manipulating the election.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that following analysis of data obtained from INEC, it had been revealed that at least 13.5million Nigerians voted manually in the 2015 presidential election.
The analysis of the data indicated that 75 percent of votes cast without PVCs were in states won by President Muhammadu Buhari who was the then candidate of the APC.
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