Any governor or top politician, who tries to get in the good books of any Resident Electoral Commissioner (RECs) will have another thing coming, as the electoral officers have vowed to not only reject such gifts but also expose such persons.
According to them, a gift in whatever form by the politicians is only meant for one thing, which is for them to compromise and tilt the election results in their (politician’s) favour.
While emphasising that their conscience is not for sale, the RECs noted, that their major duty was to ensure the credibility of the forthcoming general elections in the interest of peaceful co-existence of the country.
The RECs, who spoke with Punch in separate interviews, said the governors and politicians’ gifts would be considered as bribing them against their conscience.
They, however, threatened to expose whoever offers them any ‘Greek gift’ no matter how highly placed the person may be.
They stated that INEC had made a lot of provisions and comforts for them such that none of them should be tempted to receive any gift, and noted that there are many gadgets that will expose any INEC official who collects bribe.
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