The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday raised the alarm that some politicians in Oyo State had been mounting pressure on the payment to advertise unclaimed 914,529 eternal voter enjoying playing cards in its custody to them.
The payment acknowledged it was not giving in to such pressure geared towards rigging the forthcoming polls on account of “INEC is determined to ensure that people’s votes count in the free, fair and credible elections in 2019.”
Speaking on the theme, “Online journalism and Media integrity in Nigeria,” Agboke declared that some politicians, whose identities he did not disclose, approached the payment to buy PVCs to rig the elections.
He mentioned, “As far as we are concerned, PVCs are not for sale.”
The REC assured residents of the state of unpolluted elections devoid of catastrophe in 2019, stressing that no worker of the payment would promote PVCs to any politician ahead of the 2019 elections.
Agboke acknowledged, “They are looking out for PVCs to buy. They are looking out for what is not accessible on account of they know that these things often are usually not accessible. This is the security report at my disposal.
“Tell these which are looking out for PVCs to buy that there is none to buy in Oyo State. I can assure you that no INEC employee will promote PVCs to any politician. I can assure you that the tactic will in all probability be free and sincere in Oyo State.
“Those who’re looking out for PVCs to buy, I gained’t offer you their names. I don’t have their names.
“But that is the security report I got and the report did not specify the party and the individuals that are involved. They want us to give them PVCs but we can’t give it to them. They want to buy PVCs but there is none to sell in Oyo State.”
Agboke urged journalists inside the state to cooperate with the payment in spreading appropriate data to members of most people.
He acknowledged, “All of us are stakeholders. If you are in doubt, call INEC. More so, you are online journalists, let us ensure that we have our facts correct. For me in Oyo State, I have nothing to hide. We conducted the election in Eruwa and the people that won, won.”
He urged journalists to abide by the ethics of the profession all the time.
The South-West Bureau Chief of The Nation and an Associate Editor of the Nigerian Tribune newspapers, Mr Bisi Oladele, and Mr Wale Ojo-Lanre respectively, urged journalists to on a regular basis abide by the foundations and legal guidelines guiding the profession of their day-to-day reportage.
They acknowledged on-line journalism had come to stay in Nigeria and admonished journalists to distinguish themselves from irregular writers considering the reality that “almost everybody is a journalist with the advent of internet and smart phones.”
They agreed that one in every of many strategies for the journalists “ to differentiate themselves from ordinary writers was for them to cross-check their facts, investigate their stories and be conscious of the existing laws of the land.”