- The PDP has raised alarm over alleged plots by the INEC to rig election
- PDP said the names the commission's lists of adhoc staff were that of APC loyalist deliberately put up in an attempt to rig the coming elections
- In reaction, the electoral umpire challenged PDP to come out with evidences to back up its allegations against it
With the February general elections getting closer, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cried out over alleged plots by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the presidential election for All Progressive Congress (APC).
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, February 4, the national publicity secretary of the opposition party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said APC and presidency have threatened to give the INEC chairman, Mahomood Yakubu, a Justice Walter Onneghen’s treatment provided he refused to rig the election in favour of the APC.
He called on other political parties, civil societies and members of the public to place a watchdog look on the alleged romance between the ruling party and the electoral umpire.
Revealing how INEC has partnered with APC to win the forthcoming election, the opposition party said the names in the commission's adhoc staff lists are loyalists of the ruling party.
Ologbodiya called on the electoral umpire to come out clean and maintain neutrality, adding that INEC violated section 29 (1) of the Electoral Act (as amended), which states that person to be appointed as electoral official shall not be a member of any political party.
He said: “The PDP is already privy to how the lists were populated with APC members and agents of the APC candidates, after clearance by the APC leaders in various states.''
He called on INEC to publish the names of the adhoc staff within 48 hours or face a ''serious crisis.''
But in a reaction, the chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi,challenged the ''wild allegation.'' He said the commission is reputable for conducting free and credible election, noting that it will neither synergise with political party nor subject itself to external influence.
Oyekanmi, who noted that the commission is an independent body, also called on PDP to come out with substantial proofs to its allegations.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday, December 27, raised the alarm that some politicians in Oyo state were mounting pressure on the commission to sell unclaimed permanent voter cards in its custody to them.
The electoral body, however, said it was not giving in to such pressure aimed at rigging the forthcoming polls because “INEC is determined to ensure that people’s votes count in the free, fair and credible elections in 2019.”
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