Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner in charge of Oyo state, Barrister Mutiu Agboke Tuesday said politicians orchestrated the problem faced by the commission during the 2019 general elections in Nigeria.
Speaking at a symposium organized by the Lanre Oladoyinbo executives of the University of Ibadan, senior staff club entitled “2019 elections: A post Mortem.” the REC said despite the situation INEC performed well in the just concluded elections as over 200 staff of the commission had so far been dismissed.
“People did not see that majority of the problems INEC faced were orchestrated by political parties. What is the reason for my success in the last elections? I will tell you it is engagement, reengagement and over engagement. if you keep quiet you allow people to suspect you,” he said.
According to the REC, INEC is ready to defend the results of the 2019 elections conducted in Oyo state in court. He said: “Between 2015 and last week, over two hundred of them (INEC staff) were on interdiction. They were not alive, they were not dead,
“Just last week, they were recalled because their issues were revisited .There is some that are still in court and over two hundred plus of them were dismissed. How would they (politicians) not come? If you tell them (INEC staff) it is only those that are foolish among them, that will be hobnobbing with them, visiting them, running after them”.
Barrister Agboke added that, “as a REC, I am the king in my own right. One or few of them made an attempt to bring very huge amount of money but I look at them. I am contented with what I have. The highest level of joy i had was the day I presented the certificate of return to the person that will become the governor tomorrow. With that I have achieved a lot”.