- Agboke says analysis showed that EFCC intervention gave credibility to the conduct of the elections.
- Oyo REC says the commission will soon start the process of Continuous Voters Registration (CVR).
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that the credibility of the 2019 general elections can be credited 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.
INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo State, Mutiu Agboke, stated this in Ibadan on Monday during a thank-you visit to the Ibadan zonal office of the EFCC.
Nothing that the agency’s intervention in the 2019 elections is not something that can be wished away, Agboke said analysis showed that 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.”
He further stated that apart from playing laudable roles played by the anti-graft agency throughout the exercise, he said their computation during the collation was even more superb than what INEC was 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 supported. We thank you very sincerely. We thank all your personnel,” he said.
Expressing his appreciation to 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, Agboke said the mandate given to the electoral body was to 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,” Agboke noted.
Speaking on the preparation for the 2023 elections, the Oyo REC disclosed that the commission will soon start the process of Continuous Voters Registration (CVR).
“Those who were unable to register will register. Those whose cards are still in our custody will be able to come and collect their PVCs. As I speak, we have over 700,000 PVCs uncollected,” he informed.
Speaking earlier, Ibadan Zonal Head, Friday Ebelo, appreciated the staff of the electoral body ‘for putting Nigeria first’ in the discharge of their constitutional duties.
He added that all public servants should make such commitment their watchword in order to end well in their chosen careers.