*says 700,000 PVCs waiting for collection in state
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo State, Barrister Mutiu Agboke on Wednesday, said that INEC is doing everything possible to ensure hitch-free elections in Nigeria.
Barrister Agboke made this known in Ibadan when he led top INEC team to the Alarere residence of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun on a courtesy visit during which he presented the Olubadan with the ‘Online Voter Registration Steps’ poster.
The REC maintained that with the determination of INEC for a hitch free elections, there is the need for political parties in the country to play the game according to the rules of engagement.
Barrister Agboke pointed out that the Commission on it’s part need the cooperation of the political parties by adhering to the laid down rules .
‘INEC is doing everything possible to ensure hitch-free elections, but, we need the cooperation of the political parties by adhering to the rules.When the law says no to vote-buying, it is not INEC that goes about with money at the polling centres, the political parties are the ones”, he said.
The REC added, ” we started preparations for the next elections immediately after the 2019 elections and the results of our preparations manifested in the successful conduct of elections in Edo, Kogi, Bayelsa and Anambra States.”
“In addition, we had other bye-elections that were successfully conducted and we are out again to ensure that the 2023 elections are without hiccups of any form, but, we can only achieve this with the support and cooperation of all the stakeholders which formed part of our visit here, Kabiyesi”,
Speaking further, the INEC REC tasked traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders in the polity in Oyo state to sensitize voters to collect their over 700,000 Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC) awaiting collection at the state office of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Barrister Agboke stressed that the uncollected PVCs were enough to make somebody the state Governor, as the total number of votes scored by the two governorship candidates that scored the highest votes in 2019 governorship election were not up to 700,000 votes.
Soliciting the assistance and cooperation of the Olubadan on the need for residents active participation in Electoral activities, the REC congratulated Oba Balogun for ascending the throne of his forefathers
Oba Lekan Balogun while welcoming the INEC REC and his team called for enough sensitization of the general populace, by been conscious of the political awareness level of the residents.
The Olubadan then appealed to the politicians and the electorate to work towards making Nigeria great by following the political rule as “there’s nothing special about the so called advance societies that makes them better than we blacks except that they do things rightly.
“Let’s fully participate in all the pre-electoral activities and vote peacefully during elections. Let us collaborate with ourselves and since INEC is ready, we as citizens too should be ready. I appeal to all to let’s see to the greatness of this country by doing things rightly”,