Action Congress of Nigeria has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to embark on more voter education to convince voters that of Saturday’s election in Ondo State will be free and fair.
Former Nigeria Bar Assocation President, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, is the ACN’s candidate for the poll.
His running mate, Dr. Paul Akintelure, who made the call in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Tuesday, said with INEC educating the electorate, they would be assured of a free and fair poll.
He said, “There have been rumours that some individuals are tumbprinting in different parts of the state.
“We expect INEC to stand up to this and let us know that we have nothing to worry about. I am not saying INEC is complicit in anything, we just need the commission to read out the riot acts to those who plan to rig the election.
“We need more education on the pages of newspapers. Once the people have been assured that the election will be free and fair and are educated on how to thumbprint without voiding the ballot, even the international community will be happy with us.”
Akintelure urged electoral body to warn all political parties that no one should be allowed to display party paraphernalia around any polling centre.
On the preparedness of the ACN for the poll, he said his party was “good to go”.
Akintelure added, , “We are committed to service and putting smiles on the faces of the people.
“The ACN is concerned about giving the people the right to life. We want to encourage free enterprise, which is why we plan to make soft loans available to entrepreneurs.
“We also want to encourage job satisfaction and accountability, which determine good leadership.”
He promised that the abundant natural resources in the state would be tapped in the interest of the people.
“We are going to give percentage local content to areas where these natural resources are sourced because that is a sector our administration will exploit for the development of this state and for the empowerment of the people,” he said.