The PDP candidate in Gombe State for last Kaltungo/Shomgon Federal Constituency election, Alh. Adamu Gora Kalba, has underscored the need to ensure that electoral officers swear to neutrality oath as contained in the Electoral Act to stop irregularities in future polls.
Alh. Kalba, who had earlier represented the constituency in the House Representatives in the 5th and 6th National Assemblies between 2003 and 2011, spoke yesterday in Abuja in an interview with Daily Trust.
He also faulted the defection of politicians to various political parties on the eve of elections, saying their action was contrary to the motive behind the provision of Section 68 (1) g of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999.
The former Special Adviser to Gombe State Governor on Inter Governmental and Multi-Lateral Partnership and 2015 PDP senatorial aspirant for Gombe South, said the views expressed by the ex-INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, on the attitude of some lecturers during the last polls needed to be reviewed by the electoral body.
Alh. Kalba further said, “Several opinions have been expressed in the new media on issues of recruitment or appointment of ad hoc staff by INEC. I am totally in support of those who oppose the engagement of university lecturers as returning officers as was expressed by the former INEC chairman in one of the news media.
“Ad hoc staff don’t owe allegiance to the commission. So, they are susceptible to manipulative tendencies as they did not comply with the Electoral Act 2010 as amended,” he said.
The Makaman Kaltungo sought for stricter sanctions to prevent cross carpeting, saying the constitution envisaged that the lawmakers, who now moved from party to party to secure tickets, would be operating on clear ideology or party manifesto as shown by the late Aminu Kano with pro-masses agenda.