The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has described the attitude of politicians as the major challenge to the Nigerian electoral process.
Resident Electoral Commissioner in Osun State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje stated this during a forum of election stakeholders in the state ahead of this week’s election.
Mr Agbaje observed that Nigeria politicians of all shades often displayed conduct influenced by desperation to win election at all cost.
The Osun REC expressed concern over the huge financial implications of conducting a constitutional obligation like election in Nigeria.
The electoral umpire, who attempted a comparative analysis of election in Nigeria and some other countries, appealed to the ruling class that the country was ripe for election without the supervision of security agencies.
Mr Agbaje explained that the commission had the power to hold supplementary election, but warned politicians not allow the conditions that could degenerate to declaring election inconclusive.
The stakeholders who responded, including representatives of political parties reached the consensus that election should not be taken as a war, rather freewill of the people to choose the managers of their resources.
On their part, two traditional rulers, Olufi of Gbongan, Oba Adetoyese Oyeniyi and Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdulrasheed Olabomi also appealed to politicians to allow the process to run its natural course.
The Osun State coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Mr Emmanuel Attah, who expressed dissatisfaction with the treatment meted to some corps members during the last governorship election in the state, handed a warning to the politicians.
Speaking on the security arrangement, the new Commissioner of Police in the State, Mrs Abiodun Ige who identified the event as her first official assignment, maintained that the security agencies would be firm in enforcing the laws.
The participating political parties who were well represented at the forum charged INEC to caution its staff, and urged the police not to be partisan.
They also called for effective mobilization of materials and other logistics, particularly lightening of the voting and collation centres since the process would extend to late hours of the day because of the volumes of the elections.
This Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly election will hold in 3,010 polling units and 753 voting centres across the 332 wards and 30 local governments in Osun State.
A total of one million, two hundred and sixty thousand, seven hundred and forty eight voters have collected their permanent voter cards in Osun State as at the 1st of the month.