As the electioneering campaigns for the 2019 elections kicks off, Senate Minority Leader and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Senator Biodun Olujimi has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) expressing her concern over recent reports of underage registration and the illegal issuance of PVC to Non-Nigerians in some parts of Northern states of Nigeria.
Senator Olujimi in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti by her Special Assistant on Public Communication, Chief Sanya Atofarati urged the electoral umpire to alive to its responsibilities.
According to the lawmaker in the statement, “INEC is urged to be alive to its statutory responsibility as an unbiased umpire as the 2019 electioneering campaign for various elective positions commence on 18th November 2018.
“Any form of misconduct by way of hate speech, unethical comments or statements in any form of media especially the social media by any of the contestants or their apparatus should be promptly condemned and sanctioned”
Olujimi who pointed out that the events that led to the June 12, 1993 saga are still very fresh in the minds of the Nigerian citizenry, urged INEC to be more responsive to its responsibility and purge itself of political partisanship by taking the necessary proactive measures.
The statement also added that process of PVC collection and other areas of Voters education and enlightenment should be vigorously pursued to obtain optimal results of increased voter awareness and to ensure no one is disenfranchised.
“More importantly, the issues of ‘underage’ registration, irregular and illegal registration of Non- Nigerians as witnessed in previous elections must be properly addressed to exonerate this noble establishment (INEC) of several allegations of conspiracy and connivance to rig elections.
“The various political parties should be made aware and constantly reminded of their responsibilities and obligations to the voting public in their campaign processes.
“Furthermore, INEC should not tolerate any form of distortion or misconduct by way of errors of commission or omission in the electioneering process. It is hoped that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under the leadership of Professor Mahmood Yakubu would ensure that it does the needful towards a hitch free elections come 2019.
“As leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State and the South West geopolitical region of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I congratulate His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP on his nomination as the party’s flag bearer as he coasts to victory in the forthcoming presidential elections.
Senator Olujimi however assured Atiku of overwhelming victory not only in Ekiti State, but in the entire South West as a whole in the coming Presidential election.