Opeyemi Bamidele/

A Senatorial candidate of the APC, Opeyemi Bamidele, has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to impress Nigerians by conducting an unbiased election in 2019.

He made this known while speaking on Sunday at his Iyin Ekiti hometown during an event to appreciate Nigerians who were at the burial ceremonies for his late father, Pa Stephen Bamidele, on Friday.

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Bamidele said: “The coming elections should not be do-or-die. Nigerian voters should be given the free will to elect whoever they like, INEC shouldn’t come out to impress any politician, but Nigerians.

“Politicians must understand that all eyes are on Nigeria. The whole world is watching and we should not disappoint the confidence reposed in the country as the pacesetter in the African continent.

“Politicians in Nigeria are less than five percent of the total population. So, it would be a great disservice to our dear nation for a few to plunge the entire nation into crisis just because they want to win the election.

“Nigeria after 20 years of democratic practice should grow to the level that won’t make us a laughing stock in the comity of nations. We must uphold civility and imbibe the culture of issue based campaign, rather than making inflammatory comments and hate speech.

“I am particularly pleased that the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has set up a committee to monitor campaigns of parties. The Nigerian Broadcasting (NBC) and other regulatory bodies have started imposing sanctions on the appropriate places, all these will help in stabilizing the system and make our democracy works better.”