Aregbesola Tasks INEC On Free, Fair, Credible Polls In Ekiti, Osun

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Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has said for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be credible in the forthcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun States, it must conduct itself in such a way that it will be difficult to find fault with the commission in the management of the process.

This was just as he noted that his bid to contest for a second term in office is the best way to pursue his objectives on governance as well as maintaining the dictate of the constitution to meet his aspiration for people of the state.

Aregbesola, who made this known yesterday in a chat with media practitioners in Osogbo, the state capital, recommended that the voter register for the elections must be sacrosanct such that whoever is registered is not denied the right to vote as was experienced in Anambra State governorship election.

He also advised INEC to ensure that election materials are given to those who can manage the effective distribution of such materials with the assurance that it would get to polling unit as expected.

According to him, “For INEC to be seen as credible, it should ensure that election materials are not given to people who cannot manage it, the results as announced at the various centres are not influenced and that they must be as they were at the polling units.

“People must be free during the period of election to exercise their franchise; from the register to the management of the electoral materials, process and procedure of voting and the ultimate declaration of results, there must be transparency that would satisfied the most cynical and skeptical Nigerian.

“Once those essentials are met, then INEC will be out of blame. To guarantee security, the police and other security agencies must ensure that nobody takes undue advantage or manipulate the process”.

On the issue of seeking re-election, the governor stated that if not for the people, he would not seek to return to office. He argued that before assuming office, he had a mission of running a people-centered administration that would give meaning to the lives of people of the state, adding that what’s he has done with governance was unprecedented in the history of the South West state.

According to him, “We have done what most people claimed has never been done in the history of the state, we are so people-centered that it will be difficult for us to abandon the people mid-stream.

“The best way to pursue our objectives about governance is to run the whole hug of the mandate give to us by the constitution and the people, and that will give us enough time to meet all our aspiration for the people, therefore, it is in the interest of the people that we are seeking re- election”.

The governor faulted a system where three separate arms of government are competing for their share of whatever is available to the state.

Aregbesola held that the system is wasteful and that no serious developing nation must consider it as its own structure of government, adding that it is out of tune with the African nature.

He also recommended the parliamentary system of government which he described as one embodied arm of government.

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