- INEC will conduct free and fair governorship election, Ondo assembly believes
- According to the assembly, INEC has been conducting credible elections in the state for years
- The assembly made this known when they visited INEC over a recent fire outbreak
As Ondo is set to elect their governor for the next four years and following the fire incident at the office of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the state House of Assembly has expressed confidence that the electoral umpire would conduct free and fair governorship election in the state on Oct. 10.
This was disclosed by Bamidele Oleyelogun, the assembly’s Speaker when he visited the gutted INEC office with members of the assembly.
According to him, INEC had been conducting successful elections in the state without being found wanting, adding that nobody could be blamed for the fire.
The speaker noted that as legislative members, they were assured that nothing would change the date of the election.
He, therefore, urged the commission to do thorough investigation to forestall a recurrence.
Meanwhile, Dr Rufus Akeju, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), while addressing the state lawmakers promised that INEC will do everything to make the election successful, saying that the fire incident will not have a damaging impact on the election.
“We know that all eyes are on the poll, not only in Nigeria, but the whole of Africa.
“We will be proactive, remain an unbiased umpire and conduct a successful election,” he said.
Recall that Legit.ng had earlier reported that following the inferno at the Ondo office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the body has declared that no cause for alarm with respect to the upcoming elections on its schedule.
The commission frantically assured that the governorship election slated for September 19 and October 10 in the Edo and Ondo states respectively will hold despite the unfortunate occurrence.
Speaking on Thursday, September 10, INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, declared that the election will not be postponed because the commission has put everything in place.
In a related development, Agboola Ajayi, the deputy governor of the state, has reacted to the fire outbreak that gutted the office of INEC.
The governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) warned that the electorate in Ondo state won’t tolerate any ploy by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to sabotage their wish in the forthcoming state election.
Legit had also reported that candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Eyitayo Jegede reacted to the fire incident.
He said he suspected foul play in the mysterious fire that gutted the state office of the INEC.
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