Immediate past Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ekiti State, Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Raji, who recently redeployed to Ogun State has resumed duty.
He assured of the readiness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the general elections which begin February 16
The REC cautioned politicians to desist from inducing INEC officials for results manipulation stating that the INEC’s guidelines have made such “fraud” difficult.
“INEC’s operations now are very straightforward. We have our operations guidelines for electoral procedure. So, there is very little anybody can do to help anybody in another way other than what INEC has actually stipulated as the mode of operation. If anybody is trying to induce INEC’s staff, the person is just wasting his or her time. That’s very straightforward thing.
“We are going to accredit people who would vote. There is little I can do. If you are trying to induce INEC staff, you are wasting your time and efforts. What is important is to convince people to vote for you. Please, go and convince people to vote for you; that is what is important as far as electioneering process in Nigeria is concerned.”
“I can’t tamper with the smart card reader. People have to be accredited to vote. It’s the number of people that are accredited at every polling unit that would determine the result we expect. If you give me the whole of this world I can’t change that. Why don’t we be just Nigerians and friends rather than you wasting your time on me.”
Raji, promised to carry out necessary steps to ensure that over 700,000 unclaimed Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) in the state are collected before the elections.