Atedo Peterside, CEO Stanbic IBTC Bank, has expressed doubt over the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) ability to ensure that the off-season elections coming up in Kogi, Bayelsa, Imo, Ondo, and Edo States are going to be true reflections of the will of the people.
He expressed his thoughts via his X account, formerly known as Twitter, today. His tweet read, “Many a true word is said in jest. What manner of Governorship Elections does @inecnigeria have in store for us in Kogi, Bayelsa, Imo, Edo, Ondo etc? Will their staff brag at the Polling Units that there is no plan to upload the results on IREV? Will thugs decide who gets to vote?”
Peterside’s deep reflections over INEC’s credibility come after the electoral commission failed to justify the huge amount of money allocated to the body to conduct a peaceful, free, and fair 2023 election, devoid of many electoral infractions.
The tweet by the Stanbic IBTC CEO sparked numerous reactions among his followers, with some expressing support for it and others opposing it.
Ayo Obe tweeted in response, “It’s a silly jest. Let the political parties get their act together and ensure that they have properly trained party agents at each polling unit.
Another X handler, @Madam President, was more critical of the process, urging Nigerians, especially the opposition political parties, to separate themselves from using emotions to handle election issues.
She tweeted, “Sadly, this is why we are not doing very well in our quest for good governance in Nigeria. The opposition is largely emotional, have no alternative reasoning, do not interrogate issues like they mean to give the ruling party a real competition.