Nigeria elections: INEC job too tempting, can land you in jail – REC makes revelations


The Independent National Electoral Commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Kwara State, Malam Garba Madami, on Monday, said that he resisted monetary offers from politicians to compromise the just-concluded 2019 general elections in the state.

Madami, who hails from Gurara Local Government Area of the state, spoke to newsmen after his daughter’s wedding in Minna.

He said, “There was pressure by politicians who offered me money to compromise the 2019 general elections in Kwara state but I stood my ground and refused to give in.

“The nature of our job at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is too tempting.

“It is left between you and God to do the right thing and keep your integrity or compromise and lose your integrity. You may even go to jail,” he said.

The INEC official decried money politics and a situation where politicians think they can buy peoples’ conscience to do their dirty work.

“The politicians have money and some of them feel that they can buy anybody with the money.

“It is a matter of integrity, it is left for you to be careful and work transparently to keep your integrity.

“What I did in Kwara state before the elections was to go on air and tell the people that no amount of money can buy me.

“I made them to understand that their votes will count and was not ready to compromise,” he said.

Madami however said that the 765 cases before the elections petition tribunal across the country was as a result of lack of internal democracy in political parties.

“If the various political parties respect their constitutions and do the needful you will have less to worry about,” he said.

While noting that INEC was the most organised agency in the country as all the systems are working, he said, “All the personnel and departments are functioning, in other words INEC is working”.

The REC stated that one of his major challenges in the state was to unite the staff of the commission for optimal performance.

“I thank God that today my staff are doing well,” he said, adding that his ultimate goal was to make Nigeria and INEC proud by transparently discharging his duties.

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