Abioye Olarewaju, Ilorin
Outgoing INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), in Kwara Dr Emmanuel Onucheyo as advised elected political leaders to deliver on their campaign promises.
Onucheyo gave the advice on Tuesday in Ilorin while receiving Excellence Award as ‘Electoral Officer’ of the year conferred on him by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kwara state chapter.
The Veterinary Doctor who was the immediate past INEC Resident Commissioner in Kwara that supervised the conduct of the 2015 general elections in the state also charged politicians to regularly visit their constituencies.
The outgoing REC said there is the need for the elected politicians to constantly update members in their constituencies on the status of their campaign promise.
He said this was the only way voters can have confidence in their elected representatives and deepen the democracy.
Onucheyo said he was highly delighted for the award which he said was not for him alone, but for all the people that took part in the 2015 general elections in the State.
“I feel highly honoured, particularly when they tell you the processes they go through before the award was given,” he said.
The REC expressed his appreciation to the NUJ for the honour despite the fact that he only spent six months in Kwara State.
“In reality the award is not for me alone, it is for INEC staff, our collaborators like the Security agencies, our collaborators in the media, these are the people who got the award.
“You cannot give the whole people and that is why I belief NUJ picked me for the award,” Onucheyo added.
He described journalists in Kwara as wonderful and very forthright especially those who served in the Inter Agency Committee on Voter Education and Publicity (ICVEP).