Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Wednesday reaffirmed the readiness of the commission to conduct a smooth governorship election in Ondo State fixed for October 10.
Speaking with journalists wednesday at the commencement of his three-day meeting with stakeholders in Akure, the state capital, Yakubu stated that the commission has recovered the 5,000 smart card readers burnt in a recent fire outbreak at the commission’s head office in the state.
“The same preparations that we made for Edo, we have also made for Ondo; so, we are prepared for the election,” he said.
Yakubu said he would also meet with the council of traditional rulers, security agencies, and officials of the commission in the 18 local government areas of the state for the purpose of the election.
“This is the first visit. We are still coming back a week after for the main stakeholders’ visit and the signing of the peace accord,” he said.
In a statement earlier issued wednesday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Ondo State, Mr. ChristopherAkeju, said the INEC chairman and the national commissioners would first meet with the media and the members of Ondo State Council of Obas.