Mr Mutiu Agboke, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in in the state of Oyo, says that the era of manipulating election results in favor of any of the Nigerian democracy’s political parties is over.
Agboke, who said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Ibadan on Tuesday, said the electorate’s votes would always count on who won the elections. He described Oyo State’s last general election as a successful exercise.
The last general elections in Oyo state is successful and a fair exercise, He described.
He also added, that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) meant their words about improving on election practices based on the last general elections in Oyo state that was successful.
He said the use of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) remained the only power of the electorate had to choose their leaders as witnessed in the recent general elections.
The REC urged the Nigerians to continue to have trust and to believe in the activities of INEC, saying that the commission had no sympathy for any of the political parties in the country.
The REC commended the people of Oyo state for the relative peace that characterised the conduct of the general elections.
He expressed satisfaction over the supports the commission received from Inter-Party Advisory Commission (IPAC), Security agents, National Orientation Agency (NOA) and media organisations that contributed to success of the elections.
Agboke implored owners of the unclaimed PVCs to come forward and collect them; saying 2,023 PVCs were yet to be collected.
He further called on political parties not to relax but start preparing for the 2023 general elections in easiest.