-The international community has been urged by the PDP to put INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood, under watch list ahead of forthcoming elections
- The party alleged that INEC has been taking directives from the presidency and the APC on how to manipulate the electoral process at all levels
- Ologbondiyan alleged that the presidency had directed the commission to collect lists from APC leaders to be appointed as ad-hoc staff
Less than two weeks to the presidential election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the international community to place the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, as well as commissioners and directors on the watch list.
The Guardian reports that the spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, who made the request at a media briefing in Abuja on Monday, February 4, alleged that arrangements were being concluded to rig the election in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Legit.ng gathered that he alleged that the presidency had directed the commission to collect lists from APC leaders to be appointed as ad-hoc staff.
“The PDP calls on the international community to place the INEC chairman, directors and commissioners in INEC responsible for the election on their watch list and impose travel ban on them and hold them responsible should there be any form of rigging in the February 16, presidential elections.
“We direct our members, supporters and all well meaning Nigerians to get ready to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari and protect their votes with all the energy available to them in the defence of the nation’s democracy and freedom as a people,” he stated.
The party added that if President Buhari believes he was popular, he should make himself available for a free, fair, transparent and credible election, adding: “Anything short of this is completely unacceptable to Nigerians.
“Nigerians have already reached a consensus to vote out the incompetence, hunger, nepotism, pretense and manifest lies, which the Buhari Presidency represents”
On the alleged plot to appoint APC loyalists as ad-hoc staff, the PDP alerted Nigerians that INEC has allegedly been taking directives from the Buhari presidency and the APC on how to manipulate the electoral process at all levels.
“To this end, INEC has collected a list of people that will serve as electoral officials, including ad-hoc staff and returning officers at polling units, from APC governors and candidates across the federation, on the directives of the Buhari administration.
“The PDP is already privy to how the lists were populated with APC members and agents of its candidates, after clearance by the APC leaders in various states.
“We vehemently reject this wicked plot by the Buhari government, tailored to ensure institutional manipulation of the electoral process, including accreditation, voting and collation of results at the polling units, which is the base of the elections,” the party stated.
The PDP argued that by following APC’s directive on the rigging scheme, INEC has violated section 29 (1) of the Electoral Act (as amended) and has shown that he lacks the political will to conduct a credible, free and fair election.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the PDP gave INEC 24 hours to publish the list of all officials and ad hoc staff that would play any form of role in the forthcoming general elections at all levels.
The party said any delay or refusal by INEC to publish the list within 48 hours would be a clear acceptance that the commission had been compromised by the APC.
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