The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom, Mr Mike Igini, says no external forces will determine or influence the process and outcome of 2019 general elections in the State.
He told journalists yesterday in Uyo that as an umpire entrusted with the responsibility to midwife the election process, he would ensure that only valid votes cast of the people determines the result.
“I want to be clear, no external forces within and outside the State will determine or influence the process and outcome of 2019 general elections in this state except the validly cast votes of the people,” he said.
The REC said that the commission would ensure that election materials would be delivered and audited in the 2,980 polling units across the state for the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.
“We are committed to ensuring that elections are best opportunity for the people to make a periodic leadership choice in a democracy,” he said.
He explained that INEC had developed an Election Project Plan (EPP) that would guide and track all planned activities leading to the conduct of the elections.
He urged all political parties to conduct themselves well by ensuring that the code of conduct signed under Article 8, and strict observance of Section 130 of the Electoral Act were fully heeded.
Earlier, Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari described the current face-off in Nigeria’s Senate as unfortunate, uncalled for and saddening.
He called on Nigerians of every divide to continue to support the transformation agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari, stressing that “this country must be reformed to the right path of progress and prosperity.”