The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has said that politicians in Nigeria are not democratic.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Yakubu made the remark at the 5th Northern Traditional Rulers General Assembly in Kaduna on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
The theme of the assembly was “Pervasive insecurity in an election year”. He said that:
“Our politicians are not democratic and that is the reason why some of them keep crossing from one political party to the other.
The INEC chairman also said it is more challenging to conduct an election in a single state, than it is to conduct a general election.
Citing the case of Osun state governorship election as an example, he said there were improvements in the exercise, with voting materials arriving at the polling units on time.
“It is more difficult to conduct election in one state than conducting general election, because people will be more focused on the state where the election is taking place”.
Yakubu expressed INEC’s commitment to “credible, free and fair” elections, saying that the commission will continue to improve on its logistics to enable the exercise meet global standards.