By Taiwo Adebowale
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that there are moves by the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) — which they reject — to redeploy Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC), barely a week to the February 16 Presidential election.
The PDP said is already aware that INEC is acting on the directives of the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC), which have been mounting pressure on the commission to deploy some compromised and pliable RECs to certain critical states where they have been instructed to manipulate the electoral process in favour of the APC and President Buhari.
The PDP declared, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday, February 7, that it therefore rejects this ignoble scheme and charges INEC not to enmesh the election into avoidable crisis, as the planned redeployment will be vehemently rejected.
The PDP then charged the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to resist the pressure by the Buhari Presidency but ensures that he stands on the side of the people in their quest for a transparent, free, fair and credible elections. Anything short of this would definitely pitch the people against the commission.