2023 Polls: "You have no reason to fail Nigerians" - Ooni charges INEC

2023 Polls: "You have no reason to fail Nigerians" - Ooni charges INEC

The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ile-Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, CFR, Ojaja II, has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the successful conduct of the forthcoming general election.

Ooni Ogunwusi gave the charge at his Ile Oodua Palace, Ile-Ife, while playing host to the Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Mutiu Agboke on Friday.

While reaffirming the traditional institution's support for INEC, the Ooni who is the Co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), stressed that the future of over 200 million Nigerians rest heavily on the outcome is the poll.

"I wish to laud this current administration for providing the needs of INEC and I also commend the INEC for the introduction of high-powered technology to our electoral lives. If you ask me, INEC has no reason to disappoint Nigerians and I want to believe that that won't happen.

"The last election which held in Osun is enough as barometer for INEC to discover and overcome all possible itches in its system so that we can have a perfect election.

"The rumour that the election could be postponed has caused a lot of panic in the system but I am also glad that INEC has debunked it, assuring Nigerians that elections will hold as scheduled."

Earlier in his address, the Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner who was on an Advocacy visit to the Ooni's Palace, explained that all measures have been put in place to ensure a free, fair and credible general elections.

"As it today in Nigeria, it is where you vote that you will see the results, people's votes are now counting through the introduction of technology to our electioneering processes and that is why INEC is building on this achievement as we go into the forthcoming general election."

Dr. Mutiu however lamented the refusal of some Osun residents to collect their permanent voter's cards.

"In Osun State now we have 400585 PVCs uncollected, this PVCs are enough to make someone a member of the National Assembly.

One of the reasons why I am here is to solicit Your Majesty's support and help us talk to our people to collect their PVCs.

"I have also come to assure Your Majesty that nothing will determine the winner in the forthcoming elections except from the electorates in Osun State as the era of manipulation and result forging have gone for good.

"Our Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) is the game changer for this coming election, everyone must be accredited by this machine and no one will be allowed to vote without accreditation." Dr. Mutiu said

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