Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) said the upcoming gubernatorial and legislative polls provide the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security forces an opportunity to redeem pride lost during the run-up to the presidential poll.
The elections are scheduled for Saturday, two weeks after a presidential poll whose preparations were marred by alleged partisanship by these national agencies in some areas.
The allegations were particularly rife in the Rivers State where security agencies were alleged to be involved in the violation of APC supporters’ rights while INEC allegedly had a hand in swinging the results in favour of PDP in a region said to be an APC stronghold.
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“The forthcoming Governorship and House of Assembly elections provide the first real test for our security agencies and INEC to depart from their old, unprofessional and highly partisan path and embrace professionalism and neutrality, because they will be the first elections to be held since Nigerians voted for change,” said APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
The elections would be the first to be held after APC candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, defeated President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Congress.
“All eyes will be watching the national institutions to see if they are ready to embrace the change that has come, in spite of them, or they will like to persist in their old, unedifying ways,” Mohammed said.