INEC commends EFCC for role in monitoring 2019 general elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has attributed the credibility of the 2019 general elections to the involvement of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in monitoring the elections across the country to prevent compromises through vote-buying and selling.
Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo State, Mutiu Agboke, said this in Ibadan yesterday during a thank-you visit to the Ibadan zonal office of the EFCC.
“Your intervention in the 2019 elections is not something that can be wished away. In fact, it gave credibility to the conduct of the elections. I was monitoring the analysis of the elections on the radio one day when somebody said he saw for the first time EFCC men around Oluyole area and Ibarapa axis.
“The point I am making here is that even while you were waging the war against vote-buying on one hand, we were still able to see in you an agency of government trying to checkmate vote compromises in other forms. That actually made the elections to be acceptable.
“Apart from playing laudable roles during the buildup to the elections, throughout the exercise you were there. Your own computation during the collation was even more superb than what we were doing with the Excel. I discovered that each time we were showing the results; you were the one telling me the margin between all of those figures. It is a commitment. It is not just because you are doing an official duty. It is a support. We thank you very sincerely. We thank all your personnel,” he said.
Agboke also specially thanked the acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu, for agreeing to work with the electoral body to help discharge its duties to the satisfaction of most Nigerians, saying: “The mandate given us was that we should collaborate and interface with all the agencies of government to deliver acceptable elections.
“I know at the national level your chairman too was also interfacing with my chairman (Prof. Mahmud Yakubu) and that was what was responsible for the successes we recorded.”The REC said that the INEC had started preparing for the 2023 elections and that the commission would soon start the process of Continuous Voters Registration (CVR).
Meanwhile, in his welcome address, Ibadan Zonal Head, Friday Ebelo, appreciated members of staff of the electoral body ‘for putting Nigeria first’ in the discharge of their constitutional duties. According to him, all public servants should make such commitment their watchword to end well in their chosen careers.
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