By Chuks Okocha
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, yesterday commended staff of the commission and security agencies for the peaceful conduct of the Ondo State governorship election.
In a message of appreciation for their efforts, the INEC boss said: “On behalf of the commission, I want to sincerely thank all our staff for the successful conduct of the Ondo State governorship election.
“Your collective and selfless efforts made the achievement that we recorded in Ondo State on October 10 and earlier in Edo State on September 19 possible.
“Indeed, the commendations, coming from appreciative Nigerians, were as a result of your determination to not only shun all forms of temptation, but to also uphold INEC’s policy, vision and mission as well as to do the right thing.
“The sacrifices are enormous, far beyond the call of duty, which sometimes require long absence from your respective families, as well as taking risks. It is thus a thing of joy that your efforts have not been in vain.”
He also thanked all the ad-hoc staff, comprising members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), staff of federal institutions, university academics and others, who served in various capacities.
Yakubu further said in the appreciation message that: “Our gratitude also goes to the security agencies, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the National Peace Committee, development partners, civil society organisations, traditional and religious leaders as well as the media for their invaluable support. Thank you all very much indeed.”
The INEC chairman said the commission remains committed to credible elections as it will conduct 15 bye-elections in 11 states of the federation on October 31, 2020.