By Ifeanyi Ochonogor
…Warns That INEC is Inviting The Wrath of Nigerians
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of withholding sensitive election materials including collation (form EC8D) and result (form EC8E) sheets in states considered to be PDP strongholds.
Nigeria’s main opposition party claims that intelligence at their disposal shows that certain compromised INEC officials are working with agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to hold back the material so as to pave way for the allocation of fictitious results for President Muhammadu Buhari and APC National Assembly candidates in the affected states.
This was contained in a statement signed by PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan and delivered to the Atlantic Post on Friday, February 22.
The PDP gave an instance in Abia state where no collation forms and result sheets have been received for the Senatorial elections, while no result sheets for all the elections have been received in Delta and various other states.
Another instance the party gave was in Kano state where only 105 Senate result sheets have been received in Garko Local Government Area instead of 144. Rogo LGA which received 106 Senate result sheets instead of 141; Danbatta has received 28 cartons of House of Representatives ballot papers instead of 29, while Tofa LGA has received 18 cartons instead of 19. This scenario is playing out in many other states.
The PDP charged the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to immediately release the materials to their respective designated points and cautions that it will never allow anybody to use any means to rig it out in this election.
The party notified the INEC Chairman that this serious infraction is already heightening tension and would eventually lead to serious crisis in affected states ahead of the election, if nothing was done to stem the trend.
The PDP said it recalls that it had earlier alerted that the INEC Chairman is again succumbing to back-channel intimidation by the APC and the Buhari Presidency to accede to their rigging plot, which includes hoarding and in some cases, delay in the distribution of sensitive materials meant for PDP stronghold as well as using APC agents as electoral officers.
The PDP cautioned the INEC Chairman not to allow the APC to use him to derail the electoral process, particularly after the disgraceful postponement of the February 16 elections.
Finally, the opposition PDP declared that Nigerians are alert and noting the trend and will spare no thoughts in standing against any attempt by INEC and the APC to rig this election.