As the governorship election in some states approach, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has made an outcry on the plot of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to connive with the leadership of All Progressive Congress (APC) to commit electoral malpractices.
The outcry came from the PDP’s publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan while having a chat with the press on Thursday in Abuja.
The party through her publicity secretary accused the INEC of manipulating the list of Electoral Officers as well as the ad-hoc staff in the coming elections, he also said the INEC is working of cloning Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).
Ologbondiyan challenged the Chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu to speak on the impact the National Commissioner fingered in the alleged doctoring of the list of electoral officers, will have on the governorship poll.
According to him, “We have information and we want INEC to speak out on the allegation that one of its National Commissioners … been used to manipulate SPOs and Local government POs in respect of the election of September 19 and we are challenging Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to speak out on this matter.
“It is not enough for one character to sit down in Edo State and point accusing fingers. We are talking about what we have heard especially as it concerns manipulation in INEC and we are asking Prof. Yakubu Mahmoud to speak to it.
“We also have information that INEC working in cohort with the APC and their candidate is going to allow for the use of cloned PVC on the day of the election; we have all these allegations and we want to assure the people of Edo State that the PDP is following up and seeking strategies to neutralise all these game plans.”
The PDP spokesman however boasted that its gubernatorial candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, will win the Edo governorship poll overwhelmingly that the APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu will be “afraid“ to challenge the results at the tribunal.
Ologbondiyan noted that, “If you have been following the campaign, you will discover that the candidate of the PDP is widely accepted. It is not easy as a politician for you to be able to move from ward to ward. But Obaseki has moved around 192 wards and as we speak, campaign is going on. The APC cannot campaign. They do not have followership. They have not people who are working for them and as such, they are only ready for violence.”
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