Labaran Maku, Nasarawa State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA),has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to conduct a free and fair 2019 general election.
Maku who made the call today in Lafia, Nasarawa state capital, advised the commission not to allow pressure from any politician.
“When politicians know that they cannot subvert the wish of the people by influencing the outcome of elections, they are bound to be prepared to perform.
“If all of us know that the only way to get elected is through popular vote, we must work for the people.
“But when INEC officials allow themselves to be used to rig elections against popular will, the country will continue to witness bad governance,” he said.
Maku said although some corrupt electoral officials may benefit from rigging the elction, in the long run they would be faced by bad health facilities and insecurity due to bad governance by dishonest people declared winners of such elections.
The former Minister of Information also called on security agencies to exhibit neutrality and avoid compromising the electoral process, in the interest of democracy in the country.
“If INEC and the security agencies love this country, they should allow free, fair and credible elections,” Maku said.
The APGA candidate promised to ensure that his supporters conducted themselves well before, during and after the polls.