By Clifford Ndujihe
The Democratic People’s Congress, DPC has called on the new Independent National Electoral Commission Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu to ensure that November 21 governorship polls in Kogi and that of Bayelsa on December 5 are credible.
DPC National Chairman, Rev. Olusegun Peters, in a statement, said the conduct of both polls ‘’will test the competence and integrity of the new INEC boss, Professor Yakubu and the APC-led Federal Government. DPC demands a level playing field for all the political parties contesting these elections. As electoral umpire, INEC must remain neutral and avoid being used by dominant parties in government that had produced a charade called election in the past.’’
Peters urged Yakubu to ‘’formulate and implement policies that will promote, strengthen and deepen the nation’s multi-party democracy particularly opposition parties. INEC is constitutionally charged with the enormous responsibilities of monitoring political parties’ activities, updating voter register and conducting free, fair, credible and acceptable elections.
‘’The integrity, credibility and neutrality of the electoral umpire are essential in boosting Nigerians’ confidence in our political process.