The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has debunked the reports of rigging plots levelled against its resident electoral commissioners.
Speaking after swearing-in of a new REC from Osun State, Tella Rahman, at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said Mayaki’s allegation are mere distractions.
Naija News recalls that the Chairman of Edo State APC Media Campaign Council, John Mayaki, accusing the Akwa Ibom State REC, Mike Igini, of plotting to rig the governorship election in Edo in favour of the state’s ruling PDP.
In his reaction, Mr Yakubu said such allegations were not new to the commission given the kind of job it does especially during an election season.
Mr Yakubu promised free, fair, and credible elections ahead of the Edo and Ondo states governorship polls scheduled for September 19 and October 10 respectively.
He said, “Let me say this that we stand by our resident electoral commissioners. You know the kind of job we are doing; all manners of people come with all manners of accusations to slander officials of the commission to divert our attention from the onerous task of conducting elections in Nigeria.”
“We won’t be distracted. We know all these shenanigans, people have been doing this to distract us from doing what is right.