The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that preparation for the 2023 general elections has begun.
Daily Trust reports that the Oyo state resident electoral commissioner, Mutiu Agboke, revealed this in Ibadan, Oyo state on Monday, September 9, during a thank-you visit to the zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
INEC said the credibility recorded in the 2019 elections was due to the EFCC’s involvement.
He said: “The commission is going to start the process of Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) very soon. Those who were unable to register will register.
“Those whose cards are still in our custody will be able to come and collect their PVCs. As I speak, we have over 700,000 PVCs uncollected.”
Agboke also thanked the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, “for agreeing to work with the electoral body to help discharge its duties to the satisfaction of most Nigerians.
“The mandate given us was that we should collaborate and interface with all the agencies of government to deliver acceptable elections.
“I know at the national level, your chairman too was also interfacing with my chairman (Prof. Mahmud Yakubu) and that was what was responsible for the successes we recorded.”
Friday Ebelo who is the Ibadan zonal head of the EFCC spoke on Behalf of Magu, saying all public servants must always put Nigeria first.
He said: “I always tell my people that as the head of an agency of government or leader of a people, you must always remember that you have a name to protect. That should be the motivation for you to stand your ground at all times.
“If you want to be compromised, you can be compromised. But if you can remember that you have a name to protect and you have a tomorrow ahead of you, you will guide against being compromised. That is the kind of commitment I saw in you and your team during the 2019 elections when I was working with you.”