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Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has reiterated its commitment to deliver free, fair and credible elections before and during the 2019 general elections.

Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, posited this during a chat with Nigerian Pilot, yesterday. He stated that the commission is leaving no stone unturned at ensuring that it delivers on its mandate of delivering credible elections starting with the Osun governorship election, which we intend to make a ‘statement’ as the Chairman has earlier stated.

The CPS urged the media to help sensitize the public and other stakeholders on the activities of INEC, at ensuring that the electorates votes counts, rather than trigger anxiety over the 2019 general elections.

It would be recalled that INEC had earlier during the week issued a press statement stating that the 2019 election dates is sacrosanct, that it has no plan to shift the date of the polls contrary to speculation in a section of the media, over the issued raised by the National Chairman during the meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, ICCES.

Oyekanmi said, the Chairman only pointed the attention of the Security Chiefs present on the need to meet more frequently as the 2019 elections draws closer, so as to constantly assess the security situation across the country and take proactive actions to forestall any unpleasant event before, during and immediately after the elections.

“The Chairman only underscored the fact that elections cannot be conducted under a rancorous atmosphere. He referred to Section 26 of the Electoral Act which, among others, gives the Commission the power to postpone an election “if there is reason to believe that a serious breach of peace is likely to occur if the election is proceeded with on (the fixed date)”, or as a result of natural disasters or other emergencies.

“Prof. Yakubu made this reference to the Electoral Act only to underscore the importance of having peace and order in place before, during and after elections and to emphasize the significance of the synergy between the Commission and security agencies.”

On the comments by some political parties over the speculated postponement, the CPS said; “it is worrisome when some political parties who have all the access to the commission go to press and make issues out of nothing, they have our numbers, they know the appropriate people to meet for clarification on any issue, yet, some of them don’t do that.

“As the Chairman has stated severally, we are not a political party, we have no vested interest in an elective or appointive positions, we are just the electoral umpire, saddled with the mandate of conducting free, fair and credible elections, so as to deepen our democracy and that we are committed to.”

Carrying out these tasks requires all hands to be on deck, as INEC cannot do it alone, the media, stakeholders and the general public should give the commission the necessary support, “it is our country, we have to do it together,” he added.

2019: NLC, Labour Party reject Mimiko, presidential ambition in crisis

Presidential ambition of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko appeared dead on arrival on Thursday as the Nigeria Labour Congress, the registered owner of the Labour Party denounced the declaration.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC President and Mrs Ebere Ifendu, the National Publicity Secretary, Labour Party, rejected the declaration and the hijack of the Labour Party platform at a joint news conference on Thursday in Abuja.

“It is not possible for Mimiko to run under the Labour Party and we want to say no to that as Mimiko has no business as a member of Labour Party.

“ The party is registered by the NLC and the Trade Union Congress, Market Women Association, students. We register the party and the certificate of the party is with the NLC General Secretary.

“Therefore, bringing money to buy the party or the structure will not work, we do not share in the same ideology with him. It is a party with a difference.

“Therefore, I want to call on Minimko once again to make sure he off-his –hands off the party.

“Therefore, A.A Salam cannot continue to function as the chairperson of the party, ‘’ he said.

He added the Labour Party is not a place for any candidate to join when the condition is favourable and when you arrive at your destination, you abandon it.

Also, Mrs Ebere Ifendu, National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party also warned Nigerians and political aspirants to disregard the purported party convention slated for 13 September in Abuja.

“It has become necessary for the leadership of the Labour Party to draw the attention of the general public to the fraudulent collection of Expression of Interest and Nomination Form fees from innocent and unsuspecting political aspirants.

“That is for those who desire to contest various elective positions under the Labour Party through Alhaji A. A. Salam, the former national chairman of the party.

“It would be recalled that A. A. Salam was removed at the special national convention of the party held on 3rd October, 2017″.

Mimiko made known on Thursday his intention to run for president of Nigeria on the platform of the Labour party (LP) in 2019.

Mimiko, 63 years old, made the declaration at an event held at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.

He expressed concern over the killings in the Middle Belt and some other parts of the country.

The aspirant said that the excruciating economic pains and the unprecedented level of division, and distrust at individual and communal levels, were of great concern.

Mimiko said that the ability to envision great ideas, and demonstrable track record, rather than place and circumstances of birth, should be the most compelling basis for investing candidates with power.

“This is, therefore, not the time to cheapen the dialogue by engaging in argument on whose turn it is to run the country.

“Rather, it is time to insist that only the best is good for Nigeria; it is time to all march out and recall our past, take charge of the present, and launch out into greatness, as one inclusive, cohesive family,

“There comes a moment in the life of a nation when every patriot must stand up to be counted.

“At such a moment, no person worthy of a place in history can afford to remain ensconced in their comfort zone.

“ When the totality of our being and the very essence of our humanity are in violation, patriots must advance to recapture the present; and commit to re-defining the future.

“I have found it compelling to declare my intention to run for President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, who claimed to be the Chairman of Labour Party received Mimiko during the declaration.

Abdusalam has now been declared an impostor by the NLC.

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