Ondo Election To Hold On Saturday – INEC


The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that the Ondo State governorship election slated for Saturday, 26th Nov., will hold as scheduled.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made this assertion on Tuesday at the stakeholders’ meeting on the election, held at Akure, the state capital.

The event was attended by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, political parties’ candidates, traditional and religious leaders.

Yakubu said the yet to be resolved political parties’ crisis does not warrant postponement of the election.

“I wish to assure you of INEC’s preparedness and neutrality. We are not unaware of the partisan insinuation of bias in the nomination of candidates by one of the political parties,” he said.

“We are equally aware that party primaries for the selection of flag-bearers by some of our political parties tend to be rancorous.

“For this reason, while each activity under our election time table is tied to a specific day, the conduct of party primaries, including the resolution of disputes arising from the nomination of candidates, was allocated a whole month from August 18 to September 19, 2016.

“However, where an intra-party dispute becomes the subject of litigation resulting in specific orders of court, INEC shall obey such orders until they are set aside by a superior court. We remain guided by this principle.

“Our responsibility is to ensure that, as a legal process, elections are conducted strictly in conformity with the provisions of the law.

“We have taken every step within the powers of the commission to ensure that the election this weekend is held as scheduled and that it is free, fair and credible.”