- A forum of 55 political parties in the country fault demands by the PDP for the resignation of the chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu
- The chairman of the forum, Perry Opara, argues that PDP cannot cry wolf when members of the party helped in neutralizing, politically and judicially, the efficacy of the smart card readers
- Opara says the PDP celebrated the position of the Supreme Court that the card reader is inadmissible in court as proof of accreditation
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s demand for chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, to resign has been rejected by a forum of 55 political parties in the country.
The main opposition party had made the demand following statement by two INEC commissioners over the efficacy of the smart card readers.
But the forum of 55 political parties in a statement on Sunday, December 1, faulted the call by the PDP for the removal of the INEC boss.
The chairman of the National Unity Party (NUP) who doubles as chairman of the forum, Chief Perry Opara, argued that PDP cannot be crying wolf when members of the party played a role politically and judicially neutralizing the efficacy of the smart card readers.
“The position of the Supreme Court which for now is the law makes the Voter Register the final proof of the accreditation of voters. Hence, making the record of the Card Reader inadmissible in Court as proof of accreditation," Opara said.
“The meaning of this is that even when only a few people turn out at 3 Polling Unit on election day, thugs can hijack the materials, record humongous figures and are only required to tick the Voter Register and they are home and dry. PDP celebrated this position of the Supreme Court and should just keep quiet for now.
The chairman of the forum urged members of the PDP in the National Assembly to lead the agitation for legislative electoral reform and stop playing to the gallery.
Legit.ng had reported that the PDP claimed the just concluded governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states, including the Kogi West senatorial rerun, were manipulated.
In a statement released by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party claimed alleged confessions by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have vindicated its position that the elections were rigged.
The opposition party said the alleged statement by two INEC commissioners that the card readers were compromised in elections conducted by the commission were not surprising.
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