INEC rules out postponement of Ondo election

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, has ruled out the possibility of postponing Saturday’s Ondo governorship election, saying the commission had put everything in place to ensure its success.

Speaking at a meeting in Akure on Tuesday, Mr. Yakubu said the situation in Ondo had not met the conditions provided by the Electoral Act, required for an election to be postponed.

“We have taken steps to ensure that the Ondo election is held as scheduled,” he said. “INEC has no plan to postpone the election this weekend.”

He said that where disputes within a party became a matter of litigation, INEC would abide by the decisions of the Court to determine the candidate of the party.

The PDP and some 16 political parties have called for the postponement of the election.

The PDP said the election should be rescheduled in view of the litigation on who is the rightful candidate of the party disputed by Eyitayo Jegede and Jimoh Ibrahim.

Mr. Ibrahim is the PDP’s candidate after INEC was ordered by the court to replace Mr. Jegede.

Mr. Yakubu said INEC would abide the provisions of the Constitution and the Electoral Act in administering the election.

“We have warned our officers to be abide by the law. They have also sworn to an oath of neutrality,” he said, assuring that INEC was committed to delivering a transparent election. “This INEC will never be compromised,” he said. “Only Ondo people will determine who becomes the next governor of this state.”

A total of 378,656 permanent voter cards are yet to be collected by registered voters in the state.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, who gave the figure at the meeting, said about 1,280,580 cards had been collected out of a total of 1, 659,186.

He said fears by political parties that some names had been removed from the voter register were unfounded.

According to him, those whose names were removed from the register, were those who either transferred their voting points to other states or from other states, warranting a change in the register.

He said what was given to the parties remained unchanged.


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  • MO the Observer

    That’s right

  • Nigerian Citizen

    God hates unequal scales, if you postponed in Edo for APC to put her rigging machinery in order,and still postponed in rivers because the peoples body language is against APC,why not do so in ondo where abang have done a very serious grave injustice to pdp and ondo people.

    • aisha ani

      They cannot postpone the election because the rigging machinery is solidly in place, everyone is on board including Saraki.