Your loyalty is to Nigeria, allegiance to Nigerians – INEC Boss tells 19 new RECs sworn in


By Joy Odor

The nineteen Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECS) just sworn in by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been told to bring their wealth of knowledge in their new jobs as their loyalty is to Nigeria and their allegiance to Nigerians.

The INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu who sworn in the RECs on Thursday in Abuja informed that out of the nineteen, five have been re- appointed while fourteen were fresh appointments.

Professor Yakubu warmed them that they have to work with the staff at their States of posting and be guided by the provisions of the law and the commission’s various regulations and guidelines.

The RECs were also charged to be transparent and non-partisan while remaining firm and courageous in the discharge of their responsibilities, and always bear in mind the commission’s commitment to free, fair, credible, transparent and verifiable elections.

The INEC Chairman maintained that all matters pertaining to official responsibilities should be conducted in the office and attended by relevant staff and properly documented.

“Even though the task is difficult, their loyalty should be to Nigeria and Nigerians by ensuring that votes determine winners in the 2023 General Election as they owe nothing to any individual but owe everything to the Nigerian people.

“The commission has over the years worked tirelessly to reform the electoral process and introduced many innovations that are generally acknowledged to have improved the electoral process hence they must continue to ensure that the choices Nigerians make on election day prevail

“Do not compromise the neutrality of the Commission or create the perception of partisanship so as to guard against mischief” Yakubu stressed.

Responding, one of the RECs, Obo Effanga who was posted to Edo State pledged on behalf of others that they would work to deepen democracy and ensure credible polls next year.

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