The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of Oyo State, Ambassador Rufus Akeju, has debunked a report that RECs nationwide have invoked a vote of no confidence on the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega.
Akeju who spoke to reporters in Ibadan, the state capital on Monday during the flag-off of market outreach/road show, presentation of voter education materials in Braille form with people with disabilities and State Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Voter Education and Publicity (NICVEP), meeting noted that RECs across the nation still repose “an implicit confidence in Professor Jega and the innovations being implemented”
The REC while describing the purported vote of no confidence on the commission’s chair, Professor Attahiru Jega as a blatant lie noted that
the body has promised to involve all stakeholders for the success of the general elections.
According to him, “allow me to seize this opportunity to debunk the rumor that Hon. RECs nationwide are poised to invoke a vote of no confidence on the hardworking chairman of the commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, this is a blatant lie as we (RECs) still repose an implicit confidence in him and the innovations being implemented”
Speaking on the NICVEP, Akeju noted that the “establishment of this committee is the resolve of INEC to imbibe and entrench democratic ethos in all classes of Nigerians through sustained voter education and publicity of the principles embedded in the electoral process”.
On the card readers initiative, Akeju noted that the card readers would go a long way to ensure credible and fair elections.
“With the approach of the elections, there is a dire need to re-focus and re-direct our enlighten, the attention currently enjoyed by the smart card reader and its functions must be sustained in order to extract confidence of the electorate in the workings of the electronic device designed to boost the inetergrity and credibility of the ballot”
Akeju reiterated the commitment of the commission to nourish the positive relationship with the media.
“In conclusion, let me reiterate the determination of the commission to continue nourish the positive with the media establishment in Nigeria, in order to take our democracy to the next level”.