By Christian Njoku, Calabar.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says time has come for it to organise the freest and fairest election in Africa.
INEC’s National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, made the declaration on Wednesday at the 2022 Calabar Carnival, while sensitising the people to their expectations in the upcoming 2023 general elections.
Okoye, therefore, urged officials of the commission to show Nigerians that they had the capacity to attain that feat.
He said that the commission decided to participate in the carnival to sensitise and encourage Nigerians to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and vote in the elections.
Okoye said that Nigerians needed to know that their PVCs had potency to elect candidates of their choice.
He quipped that if the PVCs were worthless, certain politicians would not be struggling to buy the cards from prospective voters.
“My message to Nigerians is that only the PVC can change their circumstances.
“Therefore, those who do not have their PVCs have no business in the electoral process.
“Our responsibility is to ensure that the PVCs are available for the people and to organise free, fair and credible elections.
“It is also to ensure that those that Nigerians say should win the 2023 elections actually win the polls.
“The time has come for us to organise the freest and fairest election on the continent of Africa,” he said.
Okoye also assured that INEC had no political party and owed no allegiance to any party or individuals but only to the Nigerian people.
He said that the commission needed to mobilise all the national assets to ensure that the 2023 polls were credible and the best the country ever had.