Ahead of the governorship election, the Concerned Citizen in Sokoto State has raised alarm alleging that some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC were meeting with some agents of the state government in Sokoto North.
National Coordinator of the group, Abubakar Abdullah Sokoto who addressed journalists on Wednesday, called on the electoral body to investigate the matter.
According to Abubakar, the group had, upon intelligence, petitioned the national body of the electoral umpire, demanding that the officials who participated in the alleged meeting be swapped.
He said, “Reports going around is that some INEC officials in Sokoto North were seen holding meetings with the officials of the state government. We are therefore calling on the state resident electoral commissioner to investigate the allegation
since the saying, ‘no smoke without fire is real.
“Swapping officers from areas where those meetings were alleged to have taken place to other local governments or units will make the election credible. As a matter of fact, we have already sent our petition to the National Chairman of INEC”.
The group also called on youths in the state to shun violence during the election, stating that whoever would win the governorship poll had been ordained by God already.
“Let us remind our youths who remain our sons, daughters, brothers and sisters, that we want them to think twice and not allow anyone to use them to commit criminal acts that may put them in serious calamity.
“God has already ordained who will become our next governor and no act of intimidation or harassment can change the destiny”.