Use Kogi, Imo, Bayelsa Elections To Improve Your Reputation – PDP Advises INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC, has been urged by the Peoples Democratic Party, or PDP, to use the November 11 governorship elections in the states of Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi to repair its reputation.

It also urged the commission to appoint Prof. Syvia Agu as the new Imo Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in order to prevent a recurrence of the electoral chaos experienced in Adamawa State during the most recent governorship election.

This was stated by Mr. Debo Ologunagba, the PDP’s national publicity secretary, during a press conference on Sunday in Abuja.

He said: “The PDP has noted the statement by INEC Chairman that INEC will make full use of its Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, and the INEC Result Viewing, IreV, portal for uploading and electronic transmission of results in the November 11, 2023 governorship elections in Imo, Bayelsa and Kogi states.

“The PDP has reviewed issues relating to the conduct of the November 11, 2023 elections in the three states and states as follows:

“The PDP notes that the INEC Chairman has confirmed that the use of BVAS and IREV in this election and even in previous election is a mandatory statutory requirement of the law

“The PDP holds INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, directly responsible and accountable to his pronouncements and that INEC is bound by Law to electronically transmit results directly from the polling units using these technologies.

“The PDP is fully prepared for these elections and in line with the commitment of INEC will not accept any other means of transmitting results in these elections except as this manner pronounced by the INEC Chairman in line with requirement of Electoral Act, 2022.”

Ologunagba emphasized that the PDP has started training all of its polling agents in order to ensure complete compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act of 2022, INEC Guidelines and Regulations, particularly as confirmed by the INEC Chairman, and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

According to the PDP Spokesman, the party is still confident that it will win in the three affected states because all three of its candidates—Senator Dino Melaye, Duoye Diri, and Senator Samuel Anyanwu—have demonstrated records of public service and are well-liked by their constituents.

On the demand for the sack of the Imo State REC, he said: “The PDP for the umpteenth time, demands for the immediate removal of the Imo State INEC REC, Prof. Sylvia Agu.

“The PDP and other political parties had written several letters to INEC. Recently the political parties including the PDP, LP, YPP, ADC, AA among others staged a peaceful protest to INEC demanding for her immediate removal.”

He claims that the PDP does not believe that Prof. To be impartial toward every party running for governor on November 11, 2023.

He clarified that this was due to her actions in the 2023 House of Assembly and National elections, where “she allegedly manipulated and brazenly assisted the APC in rigging the elections.”

Ologunagba, a lawyer by background, further claimed that Prof. Sylvia Agu is a direct relative of an APC national officer and that she is being further compromised to help the APC rig the Imo State governorship election on November 11.

He said it is provocative and inciting for her to continue serving as Imo REC, essentially testing the Will of the people of Imo State and daring them to do the worst.

Ologunagba further said, “INEC has a lot of RECs from which the INEC Chairman can choose to replace Prof. Sylvia Agu and avoid a scenario that could be worse than what happened in Adamawa State governorship election where INEC refused to change the compromised REC.

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