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C/River APC candidate hails INEC, calls for improvement

Bassey Otu

The governorship candidate of APC, in Cross River, Senator Bassey Otu, has lauded INEC, for overcoming its initial challenges and ensuring optimum performance during the Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the State.

Senator Otu spoke shortly after casting his vote at the Efut Ward polling unit of Adiabo Okut Ikang, in the Odukpani local government area of the State. People must not forget where we are coming from and the type of greed that has been injected into the politic

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“I have full confidence in the BVAS. If you want to look at the election INEC has been conducting over the years, right from 1999 till date, even at the bye-election, you’ll see that somehow they’ll up their game.

“The fact that our economy is very bad and people are looking at election probably as the only way out, as a result of that it becomes a total war and at times INEC is at the receiving end.

“INEC must also be given the benefit of the doubt to continue to make sure that they perfect all their arrangements. There were issues with the BVAS but I don’t think that those issues should be key issues in giving judgment that BVAS is not working.

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“I want to believe that INEC will continue to scale up with technology and everything to ensure that BVAS will deliver to the benefit of Nigerians.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of challenge with the BVAS, I went there to vote and there was no delay, I was captured and the tick came out and I voted so I believe that moving forward, they’ll continue to make sure that things are added that will make it completely fine,” he stated.

On reported voter apathy across the State, Senator Otu said “Here, I think that more voters came out to vote as compared to the exercise that was done some weeks ago. The only area some people are complaining about is especially in the Akpabuyo and Bakassi area.”

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Senator Otu condemned the reported killing of one in Ogoja and the burning down of some vehicles at Okoyong, Odukpani, and called on all Cross Riverians to know violence would do no one any good.

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