The Ondo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Segun Agbaje, has insisted that the commission is set to go ahead with the state’s governorship election, slated for November 26, 2016.
The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede, had yesterday led a march on the Akure office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), demanding the shift of Saturday’s governorship election.
Speaking to Channels Television, Mr. Agbaje stressed that the commission is not postponing the elections. “We are past that stage. No postponement. We are going ahead on Saturday,” he said.
The appeal court had on Wednesday, recognized Mr. Jegede as the PDP candidate and struck out all interlocutory appeals on the substitution of Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim.
Mr. Agbaje has also assured that materials would be sent to all the local government areas on Friday and especially to Ilaje and Ese-odo areas, which usually experience slow release of results because of poor road network.
He also said that adequate security was all set for the election. The REC added:
“The IG was here on Tuesday at the chairman’s stakeholder’s forum, he did promise us and what we have been seeing in the past three days shows that the security agents are very much alert and ready for this election.”
Refusing to give away much information, he however, said that the returning officer has been appointed by the chairman of the commission and his name would be kept secret until tomorrow.
Meanwhile, in readiness for the Saturday polls, the state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has declared Friday 25, a public holiday across the state.