In a swift reaction to the allegation by Governor Mimiko of Ondo state that the Independent National electoral Commission, INEC, was biased and sentimental by refusing to postpone today’s election, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ondo State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje said: “INEC has no interest in any particular candidate and it is wrong to say we are protecting the interest of anybody. I don’t know Akeredolu, Oke or Jegede”.
While frowming at the governors tantrums and asking him to desist from making inflammatory statements, Agbaje stressed that “ PDP ought to have put its house in order before now. What of the other 26 political parties, should they share in the crisis of the other. If a footballer has injury, will the match be changed”.
Agbaje continued, “how can one political party hold us to ransom?. We even mediated in their internal crisis, but to no avail. It is not our fault. They are only whipping up sentiments. It is not good for the Chief Executive of a state to make such a statement. He should create an atmosphere of peace and harmony.
Also, a civil society organisation, the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, has said political parties calling for the postponement of the election are running against the electoral process.
The convener of the group, Clement Nwakwo, said there was no justification for the shifting of the election, noting that all political parties participating in the election have shown their readiness for the election.
According to the group, all the political parties were given adequate notice of the election saying the internal crisis within a party should not be allowed to affect the timeline for the election.
The group, however, urged political parties and their candidates to conduct themselves in a way that would not trigger violence or obstruct the conduct of the election.