The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says there are
still 700,000 uncollected PVCs in Oyo State.
The Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mutiu Agboke, stated
this while attributing the level of credibility recorded in the 2019
general elections to the involvement of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) in monitoring and preventing vote-buying.
During a thank-you visit to the Ibadan zonal office of the EFCC,
Agboke said: “The commission is going to start the process of
continuous voters registration very soon. Those who were unable to
register will register.
“Those whose cards are still in our custody will be able to come and
collect their PVCs. As I speak, we have over 700,000 PVCs
Speaking on the collaboration between the two commissions he noted:
“The mandate given us was that we should collaborate and interface
with all the agencies of government to deliver acceptable elections.
“I know at the national level, your chairman too was also interfacing
with my chairman (Prof. Mahmud Yakubu) and that was what was
responsible for the successes we recorded.”
The EFCC’s Zonal Head in Ibadan, Friday Ebelo, thanked the staff of
INEC “for putting Nigeria first”.
Ebelo said, “I always tell my people that as the head of an agency of
government or leader of a people, you must always remember that you
have a name to protect. That should be the motivation for you to stand
your ground at all times.
“If you want to be compromised, you can be compromised. But if you can
remember that you have a name to protect and you have a tomorrow ahead
of you, you will guide against being compromised. That is the kind of
commitment I saw in you and your team during the 2019 elections when I
was working with you.”
He told INEC that EFCC would always be willing to support the electoral body.