11th November, 2022
The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has sent warnings to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu regarding the 2023 general elections.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Osho Oluwatosin, Primate Ayodele warned the chairman not to allow interference from political parties into the affairs of the commission.
He spoke on the electoral recognition and transmission of results, stating that the INEC should not allow it to be removed in the election.
Primate Ayodele mentioned that the 2023 elections will determine if Nigeria will remain together and that the INEC chairman has a huge role to play in making the decision, he advised him to remain patriotic for the sake of Nigeria’s unity.
‘’INEC must not allow BVAS to be removed for the 2023 general elections, the chairman must take his stand because this will give him an edge. The election is crucial, it will let us know if Nigeria will remain one so the INEC chairman must be patriotic. He has a huge role to play’’.
Primate Ayodele also said some candidates have planned to create a crisis in the country if they don’t win.
He advised that political parties should be cautioned because no one has the monopoly of victory in elections.
‘’Some of the candidates have planned to create problems if they don’t win, they should caution the parties because no one is guaranteed 100% victory. Whoever wins should be allowed to rule. The INEC has a lot of work to do. INEC must be careful so their workers will not be attacked, they need to be secured.’’
Furthermore, Primate Ayodele warned the incumbent government not to interfere in the affairs of the INEC because anyone who tries to rig the election will be cursed.
‘’Incumbent powers should leave INEC alone to be independent because anyone that tries to rig the election will be cursed.’’