Twenty parties have asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to shift Saturday’s election in Ondo State, citing insecurity.
This is coming days after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) urged INEC to postpone the election over the legal crisis rocking the party.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of the Commission, Rotimi Oyekanmi, maintained that there was no going back on the election date. He stressed that the commission in its arrangement for the poll has gone very far.
He stated “Thank you. As I write this, INEC has no plan to and does not intend to postpone the election. Preparations for the Ondo governorship election started since March and 12 of the 14 activities planned for the poll have been carried out. Besides, the grounds for postponing any election are enshrined in the Electoral Law and certainly, such calls for postponement is not one of the grounds.
The 13th activity, the Stakeholders’ Forum, will hold today. The Commission, therefore, will not postpone the election.
Speaking at a joint briefing yesterday in Abuja, the National Chairman of Labour Party, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, said going ahead with the election without resolving the court cases gives room for caution.
The parties said they are aware that some people who benefit from the crises situation in Ondo will vehemently oppose any consideration for shifting the election date.
“ We only call on them to take notice of the fact that elections are considered free, fair and acceptable only when the rules are followed, as we cannot afford to govern an irate citizenry eager to explode at slightest provocation, stemming from the fact that they see the government as politically fraudulent.”