Olusegun Agbaje, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Osun State has pledged to resign if the Supreme Court annuls the state’s governorship election.
Agbaje said this on Wednesday during the presentation the Certificate of Return to the Governor-elect, Gboyega Oyetola, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Benedict Alabi, the Deputy Governor-elect, at the commission’s office in Osogbo, the state capital.
According to him, he remained impartial throughout the duration of the election and did not unduly influence any INEC staff.
Agbaje said, “Nevertheless, I want to reassure the good people of Osun State, particularly our royal fathers and religious leaders, that I was extremely neutral throughout the period of the election. I can positively stress that my staff also did.
“However, if, at the end of litigation at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the Commission is found culpable of not discharging its responsibility faithfully and diligently, I will take full responsibility for any such laxity, publicly apologise to all Nigerians and thereafter resign my appointment with the commission.”
The INEC REC urged all the contestants and parties who have grievances with the election to approach the election petition tribunal.
Oyetola and Alabi were presented their certificates by Solomon Soyebi, the National Electoral Commissioner representing Oyo, Osun and Ekiti States.