A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Lagos - Mr Adekunle Ogunmola, the
immediate past Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC in Lagos, on
Tuesday commended politicians in the state for being well-behaved.
Ogunmola gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) during a Send-off party organised for him by the state INEC on Tuesday in
NAN reports that Ogunmola, having served for four years as REC in Lagos, was
transferred to Osun in December 2014, while Mr Akin Orebiyii took over from him.
According to Ogunmola, the commission enjoyed the cooperation of politicians in
the state during his tenure.
"I want to thank God for the able replacement we have in Lagos, in person of
Mr Akin Orebiyi, the honourable Resident Electoral Commissioner.
"He is up to the standard and I think he would do more than I have done.
"Well, I have never minced words when describing the people of Lagos.
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"The population in Lagos is very high and the politicians there are better
behaved than their counterparts most states.
"That is why we have been benefiting from their cooperation. They are good at
informing the electorate that there is need for them to cohabit as one without
On INEC next step after the 2015 elections, Ogunmola said that commission had a
strategic plan running from 2012 to 2016.
He said that the remaining portion of that strategic plan would be actualised
and the commission would ensure that 2019 elections were much better that of
Ogunmola urged politicians to improve on their behaviours and make the unity of
the country a priority in election matters.
He called on Nigerian politicians to emulate the conduct of their counterparts
in the United Kingdom and Togo in the just concluded elections in the two
"We should not be Giant of Africa just by name, it should reflect in our
elections and in all ramifications,’’ he said.
It is reported that Ogunmola is also a former Provost of Oyo State College of
Earlier in his speech, Orebiyii said that the success of the 2015 elections in
the state should be attributed to the legacies the immediate past commissioner
"I have been a direct beneficiary of Dr Ogunmola's professionalism and
versatility; I drew a lot from him for the success of 2015 elections in the
"If people continue to say that election in Lagos went well, it was because of
the legacies Dr Ogunmola left behind.
"He is a very unique man and a thorough professional with integrity.
"We benefitted tremendously from the legacies he left behind in Lagos; he is
an administrator per excellence, an accomplished Nigerian,’’ Orebiyii said.
Mrs Ijeoma Okey-Igbokwe, the commission’s Head of Department, Voter Education
and Publicity, described Ogunmola as a detribalised man.
"Mr Ogunmola is a very kind man, he is very meek and he had this overwhelming
humility to bring everybody together as one, all the time he spent here’’, Okey
Earlier, Mr Olugbenga Ajayi, the representative of INEC Inter-Agency Forum, at
the event, commended Ogunmola for his openness and scored INEC above 80 per
cent in the conduct of 2015 elections.
Ajayi, who is the Head of Federal Information Centre in Lagos, thanked INEC for
the success of the elections.
Mr Ayodele Makinde, a representative of Lagos Electoral Officers Forum,
commended Ogunmola for recognising the forum and his readiness to defend staff