This Resident Commissioner says Politicians are threatening his life
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti State, Prof. Abdulganiyu Raji, has raised the alarm over alleged threat to his life by persons yet unknown.
He said he had been receiving strange calls from all manner of people who kept threatening his life, if he failed to do certain things.
Raji said, “Most of these threats are from elders alleging that we are one-sided.
“But they have forgotten that there are two sides to a coin, if you don’t want INEC to do some things, you too must be cautious. How could a party go and induce INEC members of staff? This is unacceptable.
“We will use over 10,000 youth corps members for this election, can all of them be saints? Some will misbehave but we have to use an appropriate way to deal with them.
“Let me assure you this, I have told you that I will abide by the rules and I know my members of staff will comply with my stand,” he assured.
Speaking at a Stakeholders’ Forum in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, Raji said no fewer than 23 political parties had formally notified the commission of their primaries.
He, however, said only 21 out of the 42 political parties existing in Ekiti were qualified to participate in the July 14 governorship poll.
He appealed to all security agencies in the state to come to the aid of the commission by fortifying security around INEC officials as well as the over 10,000 corps members to be used for the conduct of the election.
The state Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Chafe, warned political parties and aspirants participating in the July 14 gubernatorial election against embarking on campaigns without first seeking clearance.