- A group of observers for the Ondo election has hailed the INEC over the poll
- INEC had on Saturday, October 10, conducted the governorship election in the state
- Governor Akeredolu was declared the winner of the poll on Sunday, October 11
Following the conduct of the Ondo state governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security personnel have been commended for their roles before, during, and after the poll.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the commendation was made by the coalition of domestic accredited observers for the election.
Legit.ng gathered that the observers expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the election, describing it as relatively free, fair, and credible.
The observer groups made this known in Akure, Ondo state capital, during a press conference, saying that the people of the state displayed maturity and maintained peace during the conduct of the election.
Prince Stafford Bisong, who spoke on behalf of the group, said there was an incident of vote-buying and intimidation of both voters in some areas within the state during the poll.
Bisong also commended the INEC and security personnel deployed for the election across the state.
He, however, expressed concern over reports of some violence, vote-buying, and intimidation of both voters and civil society domestic observers during the election.
“Our observers reported that both sensitive and non-sensitive materials arrived early as 7:30 am in approximately 95% of the polling units across the state making it a great improvement from the Edo state election. Great work in logistics by INEC.
“In as much as we give kudos to security personnel deployed across the polling units for the efficient response in curbing violent situations, we, however, frown at their compromise in working with party agents to perpetrate vote-buying.
“This is not acceptable and it is a practice that must be stopped for the benefit of outgrowing democracy. We implore Nigerian police and other security to be more professional in their conduct during election duties."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari urged leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to manage the affairs of the party with a stronger sense of commitment in order to gain more electoral victories at the polls.
It was reported that the president made the comment on Tuesday, October 13, in Abuja when he received the re-elected governor of Ondo state, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, at the Presidential Villa.
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