From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
As campaigns for elections into the office of the president and the National Assembly began across the federation, the Senate Minority Leader and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Southwest, Senator Biodun Olujimi has written to INEC informing the commission about her leadership of PDP in Ekiti State as well as in the southwest region in the country.
Olujimi in a statement issued and made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti by her Special Assistant on Public Communication, Chief Sanya Atofarati frowned at the recent reports of underage registration and the illegal issuance of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to Non-Nigerians as reported in some parts of the Northern states of Nigeria.
“INEC is urged to be alive to its statutory responsibility as an unbiased umpire as the 2019 electioneering campaigns for some elective positions commenced 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
“The events that led to the June 12, 1993 saga are still very fresh in the minds of the Nigerian citizenry. Therefore, INEC is hereby urged to be more responsive to its responsibility and purge itself from political partisanship by taking the necessary proactive measures.
“The process of PVC collection and other areas of Voters education and enlightenment should be vigorously pursued to obtain optimal results of increased voters 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 statement explained that various political parties should be made aware and constantly reminded of their responsibilities and obligations to the voting public in their campaign processes.
It added that INEC should not tolerate any form of distortion or misconduct by way of errors of commission or omission in the electioneering process.