As the consultations among the police, state security services and the Independent National Electoral Commission continues over whether to postpone the Saturday election, the INEC has said that its independence cannot be compromised.
The commission in an exclusive interview with the Nigeria Politics Online Wednesday evening said it has decided to make consultations with all stakeholders in order to make the best decision.
Spokesman to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, told the Nigeria Politics Online, “We have just met again with the Stakeholders where various pieces of advice were given by them. INEC then decided that it would be necessary for it to consult with both the DSS and the Police that issued a statement earlier today, to find out what informed their decision to issue that statement. Thereafter, INEC will take a decision that will be communicated to all Nigerians.
“However, the commission wishes to assure all Nigerians that its independence will not be compromised.”
The Nigerian Election Situation Room, a body of Nigerian election monitors in the wake of the suggested postponement, said the decision would compromise the independence of the commission.
Its convener, Clement Nwankwo, said on a private television Channels Wednesday evening that should the election be postponed, it would indicate that the commission, police and DSS were being remote-controlled by an unknown force.
This was just as Governor of Ekiti, Ayo Fayose said the planned postponement was to create a better chance for the All Progressive Congress to win the poll.