Imo governor pledges support for INEC in 2023 polls
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has pledged support for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
Uzodimma, together with the Deputy Governor and other top government officials, gave the assurance, yesterday, when the Imo Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Francis Ezeonu and his management team visited him at the Government House, Owerri, saying that the state government would be part of efforts to serve the country better.
The governor also commended the agency for creating new polling units by converting the former voting points nationwide, describing it as “a good decision taken by INEC.”
The governor commended praised the chairman of the Commission, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, for “a wonderful job he is doing in Nigeria,” urging him to remain focused.
He said: “For us in Imo State, we will support INEC. Whatever you think we can do to make your job easy, don’t hesitate to tell us. The challenges of discharging your duty will be part of the solution. Count us as partners in serving the country. Use your position to serve the country.”
He advised the REC to interact with the people freely, adding: “You can not work alone. Don’t be disturbed by anything. When the time for election comes, we will submit ourselves to your rules. Do your business in Imo and see us as your partners.”
Responding, Ezeonu informed the governor that Imo State was lagging behind compared to other states in the number of registrants considering the data compiled on January 10, 2022.
Ezeonu, who blamed the situation on insecurity, urged the people to avail themselves of another opportunity at the registration centres in the councils with improved devices.
While explaining the voting points and polling units available to the electorate, he solicited the assistance of the state government in the sensitisation of the people, especially on the media campaign of INEC’s activities ahead of February 18 and March 4, 2023, general elections.