By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Ahead of the general election, the Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dr Adekunle Ogunmola has said that the two major political parties in the country may likely be the source of any envisaged problem during the polls.
The REC however admonished the political class in Nigeria particularly the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress(APC) to eschew violence and play by the rules to enhance peaceful conduct of the general elections.
Dr Ogunmola stated this on Friday, 20th February, 2015 in Osogbo, at the 7th edition of “The Frontliners”, an enlightenment programme organised by the Veteran Journalists, Osun State.
He then pointed out that if the two major political parties in the country could desist from campaign of calumny and shun any act capable of causing crisis before, during and after the elections, Nigeria would be better for it.
While acknowledging the postponement of the election, Dr. Ogunmola stated that it would further guarantee the safety of over 700 ad hoc staff to be used by the commission.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner consequently reposed confidence in the security operatives saying they would have, with the new figure of the ad hoc workers prepared adequately for their safely, and that of the entire nation.
He added that shifting the date of the election would facilitate the participation of many eligible voters as more people would have collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Dr. Ogunmola who said that postponement has afforded many voters to collect their PVCs, revealed that over 70 percent people have now collected their PVCs against 67 percent collection before the postponement.
He further disclosed that 3.5 million people have now collected their PVCs in Lagos against 2.2 million collection before the shift.
Dr. Ogunmola stressed that Osun State INEC is 85 percent prepared for the conduct of the forthcoming, Saturday, 28th March, 2015 presidential/national assembly and Saturday, 11th April, 2015 governorship/state assembly elections.
Earlier, the chairman of the Veteran Journalist, Osun State, Prince Kayode Adedire had noted that the association had deemed it fit to contribute its quota to the nation building.
Prince Adedire stated further that the “Frontliners” was put in place to enlighten, educate and inform the general public on issues that are relevant to the development of humanity.
Also speaking at the programme, the Deputy state Chairman, West and senatorial candidate of the Osun West Senatorial District of the Labour Party, Hon Romoke Ogunlana advised politicians against money policy and do or die syndrome to acquire political offices.