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Don’t be suspicious of INEC – Bishop Kukah tells Nigerians

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The Catholic bishop of Sokoto Dioceses, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has urged Nigerians to have the confidence that INEC and other relevant security agencies would live up to their promise in delivering credible elections.

Kukah gave the advice at INEC’s office in Sokoto south local government area where he went to collect his Permanent Voters Card (PVC), Leadership reports.

The cleric said the collection of the PVC was a fundamental and very important civic responsibility of every matured Nigerian.

“I don’t think anybody can lay claims to wanting a good society without taking the troubles of going to collect his/her PVC. It is a very, very fundamental responsibility of every matured citizen,” Kukah said.

The bishop stated that INEC had done its best as the electoral process might not be perfect but that there will be improvement over time.

He said it is the responsibility of every Nigeria to make sure that the votes counts and admonished people to follow things with peace.

“As we are making progress, we are also learning about how to make our votes count. Therefore, INEC has done its best. The public is getting involved. The challenge with public institutions, those who run the electoral process, the security agencies is to make sure that the vote of every individual, whether you are the president, a Bishop or a beggar on the street count,”Kukah said.

“But what matters most is that both the party in power and oppositions must know that we have to have a country first then other things could follow. We are not to suspect the referee but go all out and play well. The nature of the game sometimes detects how the referee behaves.”

Meanwhile, barely 24 hours after INEC released the guidelines for conduct of 2019 general elections, the coalition of United Political Parties and Inter-party Advisory Council has unanimously kicked against the draft guidelines presented to them by the commission.

The two bodies in a statement vowed to approach the court to compel the commission to reverse what they argue was a bias against the opposition parties, with the sole aim of allegedly rigging the elections, Daily Sun reports.

Ikenga Ugochinyere, CUPP’s national spokesperson, noted that 61 aggrieved opposition parties have decided to file a legal action against the commission “to stop INEC from releasing the guideline and also quash some sections of the draft guideline which are in conflict with the provisions of the 1999 constitution including the obnoxious provisions inserted into the guideline which will lead to massive rigging of the 2019 elections.

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