Kola Ologbondiyan

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

The PDP gave the warning in a statement on Monday by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja.

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Concise News had reported that the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had approved the deployment of three national commissioners and seven Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) to Kogi State.

Head, Voter Education, and Publicity Department, in the Lokoja office of the INEC, Alhaji Ahmed Biambo, announced this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.

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

The party also urged INEC Chairman to rescue whatever is left of the commission’s image with these elections by allowing the will of the people to prevail.

The statement read: “It is instructive to let the INEC hierarchy to 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.”