The All Progressives Congress (APC) Director of Election Planning and Monitoring, and Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola has demanded that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) be more open and transparent in its dealings ahead of the rescheduled elections.
This was in reaction to the postponement of the elections by INEC.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, postponed the February 16 Presidential and National Assembly elections to February 23 and March 9th respectively because of logistics.
Reacting, Fashola, at a news conference on Sunday in Abuja, said there was a need for INEC to keep Nigerians updated on preparations for the rescheduled elections as elections and political parties were primarily about people.
He added that before the elections were postponed, millions of Nigerians had sacrificed their time, resources and convenience to perform their national civic duty only to be disappointed by the postponement.
The minister also said that the commission should also let Nigerians know if all materials required for the elections were in the country and if not what plans it had to ensure that they were on ground before the election day.
He said, “As a result of the common pain shared by us all, we demand greater openness and transparency in the Commission’s preparations ahead of Saturday 23rd February 2019 elections.
“We believe that members of the public should know what steps INEC have taken with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to assess, take inventory of materials and what their conditions are.
“In addition to all of these, we believe that INEC should brief Nigerians daily on an ongoing basis until this process is concluded.
“This is one way to elicit the buy-in of Nigerians that INEC is serious and this will replace disappointment with enthusiasm.
“INEC has the duty to now make its processes open, believable and inspiring. This is the road to free and fair elections which is a victory for Nigeria and not for any party.”
“To the stranded youth corpers, voters and volunteers who have travelled at great cost to cast their votes, we empathise with you.”
Fashola pointed out that as a political party, the disappointment of the APC was doubled because the APC got to know of the postponement alongside the public a few hours before the polls opened.
He, however, urged the party’s agents and its members across the federation not be discouraged.