The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), for Oyo State, Barrister Mutiu Agboke on Saturday said the Commission would improve more in the 2023 general elections.
Barrister Agboke stated this in Ibadan while featuring on Fresh FM interview Programme. ” South West Political Circuit” monitored by the New Nigerian.
According to the REC, is presently busy reviewing the 2019 general elections on state by state basis to be able to identify the lapses in the election for a better performance in the 2023 polls.
He stressed that with the on going review of the last general elections, the Commission will be in a better position to prepare itself better for the challenges ahead before the next general elections
Speaking on the possibility of the Commission opting for E-Voting, Barrister Agboke noted that as at present nearly all the activities of the Commission are on Electronic system and that only voting is left out for now.
On the last general elections in Oyo state. the REC lamented the activities of a particular security agency head in the state over his posture towards him and INEC staffs during the last election.
According to the REC, he was allegedly intimidated by the said security head and that some of his Staff were arrested in Orelope local government area of the state and were whisked to Abuja where they were incarcerated for 2 weeks.
Barrister Agboke stressed that such an ugly development especially from the security agency will surely form part of the review by INEC to forestal future occurrence.
Reacting to an allegation by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state that he was commenting on the last governorship election in the state during a radio station programme, the REC lashed out at the party for displaying its ignorance on an issue the party have no knowledge of.
Barrister Agboke emphasized that during the said Programme. he was only talking on how the Commission works in general and not on Oyo governorship which is presently before a tribunal .
He however said as far as the last general elections is concerned in Oyo state, he ,”owe no apology to anyone”, saying. “what I have done, I stand by it”.