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Stakeholders call for REC’s redeployment

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Ahead of the September 22 governorship election in Osun State, some stakeholders in the state have called on the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to immediately redeploy the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Segun Agbaje.

Speaking to journalists at Ilesa in Osun State after a meeting held at the residence of former Minister of Transport and Aviation, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, the stakeholders said INEC should avoid a situation where a REC would conduct two consecutive elections there by creating the impression that election could be won through undemocratic processes.

The stakeholders maintained that Agbaje has overstayed in the state and therefore should not be allowed to conduct the September 22 governorship poll in the state

“During the 2014 governorship election in Osun State, Agbaje had a free day taking sides while as an umpire he should he should have maintained his dignity to be fair to all sides. Unfortunately the election of 2014 was seen as having been unfair by national and international Observers, it is a great pity that the same 2014 scenario is being recreated by INEC with the endorsement of Mr. Segun Agbaje as the umpire to conduct 2018 governorship election.

“Segun Agbaje has overstayed his welcome as the man to conduct election in Osun State. We therefore call on Prof. Yakubu to as a matter of urgency to redeploy Agbaje out of Osun State to create a free atmosphere for a level playing ground among the contestants.

“A stitch in time saves nine. Segun Agbaje cannot under reasonable excuses be asked to conduct a free and fair election,” Babatope who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders said.

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