Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki is asking the Chairman of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to instantly convene a gathering of stakeholders forward of subsequent month’s normal elections.
High on the agenda of this assembly, Saraki says, ought to be the formulation of plans and concepts that may render ineffective the intention of politicians who he claims are shopping for Everlasting Voters Card (PVC) in preparation for rigging the election.
Saraki introduced up the proposal whereas reacting to a press release credited to Prof. Yakubu. The INEC boss had disclosed that some politicians have been already scheming to buy PVCs forward of the vote.
Saraki would slightly the INEC boss stops elevating alarms however as a substitute devise water-tight preparations to carry to futility “the efforts of such unscrupulous politicians”.
In a press release by his Particular Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President mentioned the event constitutes a serious risk to the profitable conduct of the 2019 Polls as it may possibly turn out to be the only issue that may resolve the place victory swings within the election.
“Now we have continued to take care of that manipulation of election outcomes doesn’t begin and finish on Election Day. It begins lengthy earlier than the day and goes on even after the declaration of outcomes.
That’s the reason we now have to repeatedly be vigilant and as soon as we determine any risk to free, truthful and clear conduct of a reputable election just like the INEC chairman has carried out, all stakeholders should put heads collectively to dam the loop-holes.
“All stakeholders should come up quick with an answer to render ineffective the antics of those that intend to acquire voter’s playing cards. All of us have to put our heads collectively and I’m positive that such a stakeholders assembly won’t solely nip within the bud the looming hazard, it is going to additionally engender normal confidence within the system and create a system during which all stakeholders turn out to be downside solvers”, he acknowledged.
He added that within the subsequent six weeks previous the primary set of elections and instantly after the elections, it was necessary for INEC to plan an association during which it could continuously seek the advice of with stakeholders to determine points affecting the method and find out how to discover joint options to them.
Vote shopping for by paying off voters for his or her PVCs was a recurring theme throughout just lately concluded state elections in Ekiti and Osun.
Senate President Bukola Saraki is a member of the opposition PDP. He additionally heads the Atiku Abubakar presidential marketing campaign group.
Mr. Abubakar is President Muhammadu Buhari’s most formidable opponent forward of the February 16 presidential election.
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