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The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has said the commission was not under pressure to do what was wrong.
He said this yesterday in a meeting with the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and other senior police officers in Abuja
Mahmood was reacting to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s claim that the integrity of the INEC to conduct a free, fair and credible elections was in doubt.
Yakubu went further to say “this is to be expected in an election year when people make all sorts of insinuations.
“I want to tell you that we as a commission have never been under any pressure to do what is wrong.
“We will never compromise our integrity to do what the law says that we shouldn’t and for the 2019 general elections, I want to assure and reassure Nigerians that votes and nothing but votes will count.
“With this level of cooperation from the security agencies, I want to assure you that Nigerians will have a pleasant voting experience in 2019.”
He added that the nation was looking forward to INEC and the Nigeria Police Force to conduct credible elections.
“An unimpeded access will be granted by the commission to the media during the elections.
“The more we collaborate with the police, the easier the prosecution of election offenders.
“We are going to consult the security agencies for the deployment of personnel for the elections.
“We must work in partnership to give Nigerians a pleasant election in the upcoming elections, our responsibility is to serve the Nigerian people,” Yakubu said.
He requested that officers of the force be on ground early enough to escort officials of the commission to polling units.