APC In Totally Control Of INEC – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has claimed that the nation’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is totally under the control of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus cited the piecemeal release of results of the March 19 rerun election in Rivers State by the commission, which he alleged was done to satisfy the ruling party.
The opposition party accused INEC of taking instructions from the ruling party on what to do with the outcome of the Rivers rerun, which he claimed his party won convincingly.
Secondus said, “It is apparent that the commission has become a department in the APC. The commission is being controlled by the APC. The commission has lost its independence and we have empirical evidence on this.
“Now in Rivers, because the PDP won all the elections despite the intimidation by the military, the results are being released piecemeal because the APC has failed woefully in all the constituencies.”
Secondus, however, expressed concern over the conduct of election since the new commission’s Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, assumed office, stressing that most election had been inconclusive.
He cited the Kogi, Bayelsa and the recent Rivers states’ rerun elections as examples.
The PDP Deputy Chairman claimed that the commission was yet to fix a date for fresh election in the state in the areas that were cancelled because it “was waiting for instruction from the APC.”
“They haven’t fixed a date for rerun because of the APC. INEC is now being supervised by the leadership of the APC and the Buhari administration.
“They are no longer independent and we are losing confidence in INEC. In the Federal Capital Territory, election date was announced but suddenly, because they knew the APC was going to lose, they postponed the election after we had spent money and time.
“All these show that INEC is now a parastatal of the APC. The danger is that this current leadership that will conduct the general elections in 2019 has been compromised.
“The forthcoming Edo and Ondo states’ governorship elections are in danger. With what happened in Rivers, Nigeria is in danger.
“There may be no election in 2019 with the way INEC is conducting itself as a parastatal of the APC,” he said.
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