The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, Aminu Tambuwal, over the weekend called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to allow anyone or any force to control it in the forthcoming September 19 governorship election in Edo State.
Tambuwal, who is also the governor of Sokoto State, tasked INEC to conduct a free, fair and credible election devoid of malpractices.
He made the call during the official launch of the governorship campaign of Governor Godwin Obaseki in Benin city.
He said: “I want to call on the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu, to take a cue from the elections conducted by the former INEC Chairman, Prof Atahiru Jega, where the doctrine of one man, one vote was adhered to strictly in all elections.
“Do not allow anybody to use you to achieve their political aim and ambition.”
Tambuwal also called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to fail in delivering a free and fair election to Nigerians and the people of Edo State.
“Let that be your legacy to Nigerians. Edo is a strategic and important state in the history of Nigeria.
“No one man can come to Edo and claim superiority over others, we will ensure that those who want to rig this election do not succeed.
“We gave Governor Godwin Obaseki some lessons on how to demobilise godfathers because we knew that a day like this will come.
“I urge you all to continue to hold on to God Almighty because God never fails. That was what we did in Sokoto and we won the state,” he added.