The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti, Most Reverend Felix Ajakaye, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use the forthcoming governorship elections in Anambra and Ekiti states to boost its image positively.
The cleric spoke at the weekend in Ado-Ekiti, the state capita, while delivering a lecture, titled: Ekiti Politics and The Search for Great Leadership, as part of the activities marking the 2021 annual lecture/award presentation of Ekiti State (Correspondents’) Council of the Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ) at Prosperous Royal Hotel and Resort.
Bishop Ajakaiye urged the commission to be above board and neutral in the conduct of the November 6 governorship poll in Anambra State to keep its image from further dent.
He admonished the electoral umpire to also replicate same in the June 18, 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State, saying the image of the commission is central to achieving public confidence in accepting outcomes of election exercises, as credible, acceptable, free and fair.
The cleric also asked voters to avoid compromising their future by aiding and abetting fraudulent practices that violate acceptable global standards.
According to him, INEC must act as a truly independent body and allow the votes of Nigerians to count.
“I have observed that it is when election is coming that all manner of politicians begin to come out. “They are one-off politicians. They will set up all manner of empowerment programmes and when the election is over, you won’t see them again. That is why we have to be careful,” he said.