The African Democratic Congress (ADC) on Monday said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) needs to do more to earn voters’ trust.
Mr George Ashiru, the Lagos State ADC Chairman, remarked while reacting to the conduct and outcome of the just concluded governorship election in Kogi, Imo, and Bayelsa.
Ashiru said: “We are concerned about reports of several areas where voting was disrupted.
“This indicates that adequate preparation was not made to ensure every vote counts.
“Voter turnout is almost always directly impacted by fear of lack of transparency by INEC and insecurity. INEC needs to do more to earn voters’ trust.”
Speaking further, on the outcome of the poll in Kogi, Ashiru He stated that Mr Leke Abejide, the ADC governorship candidate in Kogi, fought a good fight despite coming fourth in the poll.
APC’s Ododo scored 446,237, his closest rival, Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) polled 259,052 votes; the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate polled 46,362 votes and Hon. Leke Abejide of the ADC got 21,819 votes.
“I am glad that Abejide, though a member of the National Assembly, put his hat in the wring to become one of the political forces to reckon with in Kogi,” the ADC boss said.
He urged Alhaji Usman Ododo, the governor-elect in Kogi, to show love to the people of Kogi with all his heart.
Ashiru urged Ododo to follow the constitution thoroughly saying “therein lies the heart of good governance.”