- With less than two weeks to the Edo governorship, the PDP is breathing down the neck of INEC to rein in one of its officials, Dr Mustapha Leeky
- Leeky has been accused by the party of plotting to rig the election in favour of the APC and undermine the electoral process
- The INEC national commissioner has, however, reacted to the allegations which he described as false
A national commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr Mustapha Leeky, has been accused of conspiring with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the coming Edo state governorship election.
The accusation is coming from the Edo chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The party alleged that Leeky is doing the bidding of Adams Oshiomhole, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the APC.
The party's state publicity secretary, Chris Nehikhare, claimed that the process for the engagement of the various INEC Ad-hoc staff for the polls is being disrupted by Leeky, The Sun reports.
He said the INEC national commissioner and his cohorts in the APC are abusing the "time-honoured tradition" mandating all political parties to submit names of persons to be used as Ad-hoc staff.
“Dr Leeky, it has been gathered, has skewed the process to ensure it favours one party, whereby the final list released for training of the adhoc staff has a ratio of 10:1, between the APC and all other parties,” Nehikhare said.
According to him, PDP got information that the INEC official is working within the electoral commission to get its officials to cheat the system.
"It is unfortunate that the APC has lost the hope of getting elected through the ballot and are working with Dr. Leeky and others in the INEC to subvert the will of the people," he added.
Nehikhare, therefore, urged INEC to call Leeky and others like him to order. He added that the process of selecting these officials should be reviewed by the commission.
The PDP also wants him to excuse himself from the process as his activities will taint the outcome of the election.
Reacting to the allegations, INEC national commissioner dismissed it as false, saying it must be in the dream of whosoever imagined it.
Also reacting, the state publicity secretary of the APC, Chris Azebamwan, said the allegations were a plot by the PDP and its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, to distract Nigerians and Edo people from the matter at hand.
The Edo governorship election scheduled for September 19 has seen the PDP and the APC trade words and throw accusations at each other.
There are fears that the election will be marred by violence as parties struggle for seat of power.
Despite the fears, the two biggest rivals, Governor Obaseki of PDP and Pastor Ize-Iyamu of APC embraced each other on Wednesday, September 2, at the palace of the Oba of Benin.
This, as many saw it, ended the heated controversy and rivalry that have characterised the relationship between these flagbearers.
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