- The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, has warned the commission's staff against being used by politicians in the Ondo election
- Governorship election is holding in the state on Saturday, October 10
- Yakubu urged the INEC officials to consolidate on their achievement in Edo by making sure every single vote counts
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Barely 48 hours to the conduct of the Ondo state governorship election, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has asked the commission’s staff to deliver a credible poll.
The Cable reports that while making a reference to the recently concluded Edo election, Yakubu said Nigerians are expecting more from the commission, urging the INEC officials to consolidate on their achievement by making sure every single vote counts.
Legit.ng gathered that he also asked the officials to resist any form of temptation that could dent the image of the electoral umpire.
“About three weeks ago, on the eve of the Edo state governorship election, I appealed to the hardworking staff of the commission to rise to the occasion and deliver a free, fair and credible process in accordance with our established policy.
“Indeed, our staff members, assisted by the security agencies and other critical stakeholders, did not spare any effort in ensuring the successful conduct of the election. Clearly, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are pleased with the outcome and we are encouraged by their commendations.
“I, therefore, implore all of you to resist any form of temptation and let your individual actions be guided by the extant laws and good conscience. Always remember that any unethical action by one INEC official is capable of rubbing off on all of us. Remain vigilant and committed to the mission and vision of the commission.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, warned politicians against actions and utterances that could undermine a free, fair, and credible poll.
It was reported that a statement signed by police spokesperson, DCP Frank Mba, indicated that the IGP warned that anyone caught engaging in any electoral fraud such as political violence, vote-buying, ballot box snatching would be punished according to the law.
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