2019: INEC replies Obasanjo over allegation of planned election rigging

2019: INEC replies Obasanjo over allegation of planned election rigging

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Monday, January 21, reacted to some allegations by a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, saying it is not under any pressure to rig the 2019 elections as was claimed.

The Nation reports that INEC also assured Nigerians that its cooperation with security agencies will lead to a successful and peaceful voting experience for Nigerians.

The electoral umpire promised it would be transparent in the forthcoming elections.

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According to the report, the chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu made the promise when he visited the acting-Inspecting General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, at the Force headquarters.

“This is to be expected in an election year when people make all sorts of insinuations but I want to tell you that we as a Commission have never been under any pressure to do what is wrong.

“We will never compromise our integrity to do what the law says that we shouldn’t and for the 2019 general elections, I want to assure and reassure Nigerians that votes and nothing but votes will count.

“With this level of cooperation from the security agencies, I want to assure you that Nigerians will have a pleasant voting experience in 2019,” he said.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Olusegun Obasanjo had declared that President Muhammadu Buhari will return to Daura, his home town in Katsina state, if the 2019 presidential election is free, fair, peaceful and credible.

Obasanjo made this declaration when he addressed journalists at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun state, on Sunday, January 20.

The former ECOWAS chairman whose address did not last more than eight minutes, simply gave out a booklet titled ‘points for concern and action’ and asked the journalists present to go through it.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also reacted to the comments of Obasanjo on the 2019 general elections.

The PDP in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, January 20, by its presidential campaign spokesman, Kola Ologbodiya, said the concerns raised by Obasanjo have vindicated its earlier position on the credibility of the polls.

“Obasanjo's submission has also reinforced our position that President Buhari, and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), having realized that there is no way he can win in a free and fair election, is now besieging all democratic institutions, including the judiciary, the legislature, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), while engaging in acts that threaten the unity, peace and corporate existence of our dear nation.

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“The whole world can see how President Buhari and APC’s desperation for power is putting the lives of over 200 million Nigerian citizens at great risk as their actions stoke violence and push our dear nation to the precipice,” Ologbodiyan said.

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