The Independent National Electoral Commission says preparations towards the 2019 general elections are in top gear, stressing that it would not allow itself to be distracted by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of INEC, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi, who stated this, urged Nigerians to dismiss the claim by Governor Wike that the commission is not preparing for the next general elections.
He said the Rivers State Governor is not someone that could be taken seriously on an issue of national importance.
Mr. Oyekanmi noted that contrary to Governor Wike’s claim, INEC is making preparations for the 2019 elections as shown by the recent validation of its Strategic Plan by stakeholders in the society.
According to him, as part of the move towards 2019, the Federal Government had appointed twenty-seven Resident Electoral Commissioners while the Senate passed the amendments to the Electoral Act.
He stressed that the commission was focused on its preparations for the conduct of the next governorship election in Anambra State and could not afford to be distracted.