The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has revealed that from now on, nobody would be allowed to come to public office via the power of gun or manipulation.
The declaration of zero-tolerance against electoral misconduct happened during the commission’s end of the year party held in Ibadan recently.
The Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Barrister Mutiu Agboke, said INEC would ensure there is a level playing field for every party and candidate in all elections.
His words, “INEC would continue to sustain the provision of level playing ground for all parties and candidates in any election. When we allow due process to take place in our system, it will bring about natural peace, the security personnel will do less job, but where you allow a disorganized election or manipulated process to be the source of bringing somebody into public office, such a system will be a recipe for unrest, chaos and for various insurrections”.
“I came to Oyo State, we took an oath and stood by it. I assured the people of the state that their votes would be counted, I told my staff that our job is to make sure that people’s votes are counted, they were forced to work according to my mindset and my mindset is to make sure that people’s votes are counted.”
“I can say without fear that the results we announced during the last elections are the true reflections of the wishes and desire of the people of Oyo State which the Supreme court has confirmed through its recent judgment on the governorship election in the state.”