The Cross river State Director General of Due Process and Price Intelligence Bureau and the Founder of Okadigbo Vanguard, Hon.Barrister Alphonsus Ogar Eba, has congratulated Senator Rose Oko and Hon.Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe for their landslide victory in the just concluded election.
The Director General, who spoke on Sunday through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity,Egbara Emmanuel Ikaba was convinced that the results clearly showed that connection to the people was key to winning an election.
He also commended the conduct of the poll, describing the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies as above average.
Eba said the success of the election was a sign that INEC was listening to the cries of Nigerians for a return to the legacy of free, fair and credible elections.
“Even though there were reports of malfunctioning of card readers, number of votes exceeding number of accredited voters, and pockets of violence as well as buying of votes, the election was better than others conducted by INEC under the present government of APC,” he said.
“The Director General urged INEC to fix all issues on card readers because it does not augur well for the electoral process and INEC itself if we are still being faced with failure of card readers on election day.”
The Director General also commended observers for ensuring that the election was relatively credible and urged them to focus more attention on the governorship election .
“Particularly, we will be having governorship election on 9th of March, 2019. I want both local and international observers to be involved before and during the election because what Nigerians desire is freedom to choose their governors in different states.
Eba, who observed that credible electoral process was the only way democracy can be sustained in the country, said: “Even elected public officers will have no option than to deliver democracy dividends to the people if there is assurance that votes will count.”