This was contained in a dispatch issued toward the finish of its crisis meeting in Abuja, yesterday.
The Governors said the appointive domain was behaving as an apparatus of the APC-drove Federal Government and, in this manner, passed a vote of no certainty on the constituent umpire.
The report was made by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, who is likewise the executive of the Forum.
The Governors brought up that there was requirement for INEC to reexamine itself and turn into a really autonomous discretionary umpire.
“For now, we have no confidence in INEC. The commission has conducted itself as a tool of the APC-led Federal Government, especially with the roles of the Chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu, and a National Commissioner, Mrs Amina Zakari,” Fayose had said.
Reacting, however, INEC said Nigerians believed in it to deliver free, fair and credible elections in 2019, noting that it was making efforts to improve on the electoral process.
The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated, “Since the initiation of the present administration of INEC in November 2015, the commission has been setting up different measures to enhance and fortify the constituent procedure.
What’s more, in doing as such, the commission has likewise conveyed all partners along. Not just that, by putting every one of our cards on the table constantly, INEC has consistently exhibited uprightness, straightforwardness and productivity. The endeavors are satisfying.
“Only on August 31, the commission brought the Continuous Voter Registration to a close after registering 14.5 million voters in 16 months. The commission has also conducted about 190 different types of elections, including six governorship elections, none of which has been overturned.
“From the feedback we are getting from Nigerians, they are appreciative of our efforts and our pledge is that we will deliver free, fair and credible 2019 general elections.”