Ondo 2020: INEC Chairman Charges Staff To Be Neutral

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The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has called on staff of the commission to desist from any action that will cast aspersions on the integrity of the forthcoming Ondo State Governorship election, noting that the INEC cannot rest on its oars.

The INEC chairman made the call in a statement issued on Thursday while recounting the success recorded by the commission in the recently concluded Edo Governorship election.

“Indeed, our staff members, assisted by the security agencies and other critical stakeholders, did not spare any effort in ensuring the successful conduct of the election,” he said.

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“Clearly, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are pleased with the outcome and we are encouraged by their commendations. However, we cannot afford to rest on our oars. Another end-of-tenure Governorship election is upon us. There is now an even higher expectation on Ondo State,” the INEC chairman added.

While renewing the commission’s commitment to a free and fair election in Ondo State, Mahmood urged INEC staff to “resist any form of temptation and let your individual actions be guided by the extant laws and good conscience,” stressing that “only the choice of the electorate” will prevail.

He further charged them to “always remember that any unethical action by one INEC official is capable of rubbing off on all of us,” while advising the staff to “Remain vigilant, principled and committed to the mission and vision of the Commission.”

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