Don’t ‘see me’ ahead of Osun poll, REC warns politicians

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Osun State, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, has warned politicians against coming to “see” him or any of the INEC officials as the momentum gathers for the governorship election in the state.

The REC said this in Osogbo on Thursday at a meeting held with the governorship candidates, their running mates and party officials as part of the preparations of the commission ahead of the September 22 poll.

He did not elaborate further on what he meant.

The REC warned all the candidates in the election against coming around to see him or any of the workers of the commission, saying they would be embarrassed if they tried it.

He said the INEC did not regard any of the 48 political parties as big or small, while also promising that the commission would treat all parties and contestants equally.

He urged them to sensitize their followers during their campaigns on the need to go and collect their permanent voter cards, “because this would be the only instrument that voters would be allowed to use to participate in the election.”

Agbaje said that, to ensure that more unclaimed PVCs were collected before the poll, the INEC would take the cards to wards to make collection easier for those who have not collected theirs.

The REC said further, “If you see any INEC official doing what they should not do, call me on the telephone; and if you see the administrative secretary or me doing what we are not supposed to do, call my chairman in Abuja.”

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