- The Edo state chapter of the PDP has alleged that INEC plans to use the list of APC card-carrying members to conduct elections
- Consequently, the party rejected the list, saying it must be completely discarded as it is a recipe for chaos
- The opposition party said the forthcoming election must be free and fair
The list of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)'s ad hoc staff in Edo state has been rejected by the state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benin City.
PDP claimed that INEC plans to use the list of APC card-carrying members to conduct the February 16 presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
This was disclosed by the state publicity secretary of the party, Chris Nehikhare, in a statement in Benin on Tuesday, February 5.
The PDP claimed that INEC is planning to use the list of APC card-carrying members and operatives.
“The list, we are informed, was written by state government and handed over to the Vice Chancellor for transmission to INEC. This purported INEC ad hoc staff list must be completely discarded as it is a recipe for chaos and poses a great danger to our nascent democracy.
“We reject it and condemn the politicalisation of the “employment” of APC members as ad hoc staff to manage the election process. We call on the vice chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof Faraday Orumwense not to allow himself to be used.
“He must do the right thing by withdrawing the list he was prevailed upon to submit, and hand over the one made up of genuine staff of University of Benin. The forthcoming election must not only be free, fair and transparent, it must also be seen to be so," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a member of the House of Representatives from Edo state, Johnson Agbonayinma, claimed that defectors from the PDP who joined the APC are now the bad eggs in the ruling party.
Agbonayinma who defected from the PDP to the APC, said members of the opposition joined the ruling party with the intent of hampering Buhari’s anti-corruption war.
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