- Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, says the electoral commission will not tolerate the politicians intimidating and forcing its staff to declare them winners under duress
- Yakubu expresses the confidence that security agencies will take decisive steps to deal with those intending to disrupt the Saturday March 9 elections
Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the electoral commission will not issue certificates of return to any candidate declared winner of an election under duress.
Yakubu made the statement in Abuja on Thursday, March 7, during a meeting with the inter-agency consultative committee on election security, The Cable reports.
The INEC chairman said the commission will not tolerate the intimidation and forcing its staff to declare winners under duress.
He expressed the confidence that security agencies will take decisive steps to deal with those intending to disrupt the Saturday March 9 elections.
“I am confident that working together with the security agencies, we will consolidate on the largely peaceful conduct of the presidential and national assembly elections while also taking decisive steps to deal with the minority of violators intent on disrupting the conduct of peaceful elections,” he said.
“However, the commission will not tolerate the act of holding our officials hostage and forcing them to declare winners under duress. Where such occurs, the commission will not reward bad behaviour by issuing them certificates of return.”
Yakubu stated that the electoral commission had put measures in place to ensure voting on March 9 starts at the scheduled time of 8am.
He said all states and the FCT have received materials for the election, adding that materials will be moved to the local government areas to be completed before Friday March 8.
Meanwhile, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has raised allegation against the minister of transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the GOC of 6 Division, Nigeria Army.
The Rivers governor accused the duo of masterminding the mass arrest of innocent Nigerians and prominent PDP members in the state.
This was disclosed in a statement by Emma Okah, commissioner of information and communications.
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