The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Mike Igini has refuted claims in some quarters that he is working for the interest of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, describing such allegations as unfounded and baseless.
Mr Mike Igini stated this on Tuesday, February 20, while addressing selected journalists at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
He urged the people of the state to disregard unnecessary insinuations especially from those he described as ‘his enemies’ that the INEC in the state has been compromised.
He further stated that the ethics of the electoral body will always be upheld at all times, which he said is to conduct free, fair and credible elections.
Speaking on the collection of Permanent Voter Cards, (PVCs) from the INEC Headquarters for dissemination to citizens of the State and the withholding of the PVCs to help perpetrate electoral fraud in favour of a particular political party against others, Igini stated that “such information is unnecessarily incorrect as 1,922,127 PVCs have so far been distributed but will all those voters in possession of their cards vote at all during the elections”? He questioned.
Also, the REC said that information on change of collation centres is wrong. He said that venues marked out for perpetration of electoral violence were discovered and knocked-out, emphasizing that he is all out for a free, fair and credible election.
According to him, since his redeployment to Akwa Ibom State in September, 2017, he has not stepped feet into the residence of any political office holder or have their contacts, asserting that he only came to serve the state and not political office holders.