By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo State, Barrister Mutiu Agboke on Tuesday said politicians in the state should forget about soliciting the assistance INEC official for victory in the 2019 general elections as there is no Permanent Voters’ Cards for sale in the state.
Addressing an enlarged stakeholders’ election forum in Ibadan entitled “Towards credible 2019 general elections and civic campaigns”, organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and National Orientation Agency (NOA), the INEC REC specifically cautioned
politicians in Oyo State not to rely on any official of the commission for their victory, Barrister Agboke declared that INEC is ready and prepared for credible elections.
“Do not rely on any INEC official for your victory. Do not look for PVC to purchase as none is available to sell. Our smart card readers cannot be pre-loaded. Our PVC cannot be cloned. I appeal to you all to persuade your followers and loyalists to collect their PVCs. These PVCs and the smart card readers are the game changers. It is principle of one man one vote”, he said.
Barrister Agboke added, “INEC Oyo state is ready and prepared for credible process and hitch free elections in 2019. “.
“We shall allow a level playing field to all the political players. No one is above the law. All inter-agency consultative committee on election security members are ready rondo their job.”
The INEC REC then urged the youth of Oyo State to ” shun any act of thuggery and hooliganism,” saying, “no youth should allows any one to use him as an instrument of electoral violence. Success is ours in Oyo state in 2019. I assure you all that your vote will count in 2019 in Oyo state. I implore you all to allow the peaceful co-existence of all of us to continue notwithstanding our diverse political affiliations”
On the general elections, he said of the 91 political parties registered by INEC, only 47 of the parties have presence in Oyo state, saying,
“there are only 47 political parties having presence in Oyo State. Political parties have great roles to play in educating their members on identification of logo of their respective parties as the commission alone cannot do this aspect of voter education”.
The meeting was attended by gubernatorial candidates of National Interest Party (NIP) Mrs. Bolanle Sarumi Aliyu, Providence Peoples Congress (PPC) Pastor Taiwo Otegbeye and Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Mr. Dotun Ayorinde, personal assistant to gubernatorial candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Engineer Seyi Makinde, Alhaji Akeem Azeez and Action Democratic Congress (ADC) House of Representatives candidate for Ibadan North West/ Ibadan South West, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, the gubernatorial candidates of Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye, Alliance for Democracy, Engineer Hakeem Oyedele and PDP Chairman in the state, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha.