The independent national electoral commissioner, INEC, has said it will not redeploy its REC in Rivers state as requested by the APC. It however, said that in order to ensure smooth, credible, free and fair elections, it has deployed three national commissioners to supervise the elections in the state.
According to the chief press secretary to the chairman of INEC, Kayode Idowu, ‘as we speak, we have successfully distributed all the needed sensitive and non-sensitive materials to all the local government headquarters from where they would be moved to their final destinations. We started the movements of the material from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, offices since Tuesday. This is coming 24 hours earlier than we did in the past. We are doing this to ensure that all the materials are on ground for the election processes to take off by 8.00am prompt.
He also said that three national electoral commissioners will be deployed to the state to supervise the election to ensure free, fair and credible election. He added that some REC may be redeployed.
He further said that the PVC will be used on Saturday as all the errors from the last presidential and national assembly elections have been corrected. He advised voters to ignore calls for voters to use their temporary voter’s cards, TVC, warning that such voters will not be able to vote.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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