Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State says he believes in the state Independent Electoral Commission, CROSIEC, to conduct a free and fair election in the state.
Addressing the state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, caucus members from the three senatorial districts in the state, Imoke urged party members to commence campaign by sensitising the electorate on the forthcoming elections rather than think government would influence the decision of the commission.
According to him, members of CROSIEC are men and women of integrity who should be left alone in the course of performing their functions.
He called on other parties to commence their campaigns rather than heap accusation on the state government.
â€œWe do not intend to influence or dictate for the commission because it is independent and its members are neither politicians nor card carrying members of the PDP,â€ he emphasised.
He said as a strong believer in electoral reforms and in the independence of the state electoral commission, stakeholders should not rest on their oars.
He charged them to set to work, as it had become a pattern that losers do not accept defeat at the polls but blameÂ their defeat on foul play and malpractice on the part of the winners.
Imoke enjoined politicians of all parties to be free in going about their campaigns without fear, as all had been assured of a level playing ground.
He stressed the need for parties to be involved in an all-embracing campaign than resort to name dropping.
The governor disclosed that the party has begun its campaign with the constitution of its caucus across the State as it hopes to undertake an aggressive electioneering campaign across the State to sensitize the populace on the forthcoming elections.