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INEC, OYO REC, Barrister Mutiu Olaleke Agboke says INEC is committed to free and free elections

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The Resident Electoral Commissioner of Oyo State, Barrister Mutiu Olaleke Agboke ,while delivering the keynote lecture titled “The power of your vote” at the political conference organised by the All Nigerian United Nations Students and Youth Association(ANUNSA),University of Ibadan chapter on January 24th,2019, admonished people who haven’t got their PVCs to go and do so as anyone without PVC will not be allowed around voting points. He further said that Temporary Voters Card(TVC), is not a means of identification for voting.  

He said that people should be at rest, that their votes will count as the commission is putting all mechanisms in place to guard against undue influence or manipulation of elections by any politician or party.  He noted that it would be difficult for politicians to come in contact with voters around voting points as voters will be ushered into cubicles to vote by security men immediately after their accreditation. He said, contrary to public fears, “INEC is committed to free and fair election”. 

The guest lecturer, Prince Segun Akanni, the Publisher of Drum Online and Chief of Staff to Iba Gani Adams encouraged the media to be more participatory in the electoral process as free and fair elections are not only the freedom to vote and the knowledge of how to cast a vote, but the media should engage voters in public debates and provide information about political parties, policies, candidates and the election process in order to aid the voters in making informed choices. While delivering the lecture titled “The Role Of The Media In Ensuring That The Votes Of The People Count”, he admonished the media to provide honest, detailed, dependable, and credible account of events concerning the elections. He noted that journalists should not hesitate to report observers and electoral officials live at the conference to enable the public know that everything is going on well. 

The State Director of National Orientation Agency, Oyo, Mrs Dolapo Dosumu who was represented by the agency’s Head of Media and Publicity, Alhaji Kehinde Isiaka spoke on the danger of people selling their votes, while placards “DO NOT SELL YOUR VOTE, DO NOT SELL OUR FUTURE” was written boldly on them.

The Chairman of the conference, Ambassador(Dr.) Yemi Farounbi urged politicians to shun electoral malpractices and allow election results reflect the yearnings of the people. He further admonished electorates to make informed decision in voting as they will definitely bear the consequences of making wrong decision.

In his remarks, the President of the association, Mr Oluwasegun Olalekan Oladokun said that the conference was organized as a means to bring electorates and politicians together to foster a free and fair election. He claimed that it is the association’s little way of contributing to national development. The conference is in line with one of the aims of the association which is to cultivate as a matter of duty, among Nigerian students and youths, an objective outlook on National and International issues. He further said that the conference is geared towards upholding the primary basis of election which is to make elected officials accountable to the people as they must return to the voters at prescribed intervals to continue in office, and this is the basis of democracy. ANUNSA, UI is grateful to the management of the University of Ibadan ably led by Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka for creating an enabling environment for students and youths to engage in national discourse and development. 

The panelists at the event were Mr Tokunbo Gboyega, Mrs Yemi Alabi, Dr S. A Lafenwa, Mr Alabi Kayode, Barrister John Bamgbose, Mr Adeoye Adejare, Mrs Bobola Agbeja.

Present at the event were the Iyaloja of Ibadan Land, Iyaloja and Babaloja of Bodija Market, Prof M. O Abdulrahman(Chief Imam, UI Central Mosque), Mrs Raji-Oyelade, Prince Tunde Kolawole Ogunwusi, Engr Akinwale Omololu Laosun, Princess Bolanle Ashabi Sarumi-Aliyu, Mr Akande Akin Sanyaolu, journalists, electoral observers, youths and students across the state.

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