Bayelsa State Governor and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party at the just concluded off-cycle governorship election in Bayelsa, Duoye Diri, has revealed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted a credible election against allegations of vote-buying and violence.
While speaking on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Diri, who agreed that there were some challenges during the election, argued that the electoral umpire had done well.
“The conduct of the election sincerely could be adjudged to be free, fair, and transparent, But it is a human effort, so it could not be a perfect one. There were challenges.
“Be that as it may, I believe the electoral umpire has done well with all these challenges, and I want to believe that this is one of the best elections they have ever conducted where the BVAS has been brought into full test,” He said.
His comment comes just as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) continue to fault INEC’s conduct at the just-concluded off-cycle elections.
Recall that Yiaga Africa while faulting the election umpire, said that the Mahmood Yakubu-led INEC failed at another chance to rebuild the trust of Nigerians in the electoral process with its conduct at the off-cycle election.