Kogi, Bayelsa election: PDP sends message to INEC Chairman


The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) over the deployment of National Commissioners and Resident Electoral Commissioners, REC, for Kogi and Bayelsa States, ahead of the November 16 governorship elections.

PDP warned the Chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu that deploying RECs of questionable character could trigger crisis in Bayelsa and Kogi States.

A statement by Kola Ologbondiyan said: “It is instructive to let the INEC hierarchy know that the PDP already has a due diligence report on each of the commissioners.

Our party recognises that while some are of clean records in their previous responsibilities, there are others who are known to be of questionable character and fared far below expectations in their responsibility.

We caution the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to note that the deployment of officials with known integrity issues is capable of triggering crisis and jeopardizing the credibility of the electoral process.

It is also important to state that Kogi and Bayelsa elections present an opportunity for INEC to show that it has become committed to free, fair and credible election without being influenced or manipulated.”

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