The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, yesterday said it would be guided only by INEC’s documented rules and regulations during the general elections.

Its National Chairman, Prince Tony Momoh, told newsmen in Abuja that the situation where security agencies were issuing new rules and guidelines different from those of INEC would be counter-productive and inimical to the elections.

“We are worried by certain decisions being taken as we approach the general elections. These decisions come from security agencies.

“We would as a party, prefer to abide by what INEC tells us as an electoral umpire than listen to any contrary instructions from different quarters,” he said.

Momoh condemned the instructions by the police that voters should not wait around the polling centres after casting their votes.

“The truth of the matter is that every voter should be the monitor of his vote.  It will therefore be wrong to ask them to cast their votes and go home.

“One way of frustrating the electoral process is asking the people to go home after casting their votes or being pushed to a far distance from where the counting will take place.

“Your voter’s card is your choice on election days; vote wisely and protect your vote lawfully, do not work away after voting, patiently wait for results to be announced on the spot.

“We will, as a party, prefer to abide by what INEC tells us than what others believe should be done,” he said.
Momoh said the ideal thing was to advise the electorate and party supporters to disregard the security agencies’ misleading instructions.

He noted that the CPC had done its best to ensure that its supporters were law-abiding and had decided to heed to the provisions of the code signed by all the parties.

He said those who clamoured for change and worked hard for it would not do anything to undermine the electoral process toward effecting the change.

The chairman, however, said the CPC would not just sit down and grumble when it was being confronted with decisions that “seem to dig manholes on the road taken.

“We will rather prefer to join those who warn the people of dangers on the way because we believe they have more patriotism in them than those who sit down, fold their hands and grumble,” Momoh said.

He described as “ill_advised” the decision to involve the military as part of the security measures to secure lives and property during and after the elections.


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