PDP claims APC elements in INEC sabotaged electoral process

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THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged that some people it described as elements of the ruling All Progressives Congress have been sabotaging the Independent National Electoral Commission. It claimed that their plan was targeted at forcing the commission to conduct staggered presidential election. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, made the allegation in a statement made available to journalists. Ologbondiyan claimed that the party’s leaders had been reliably informed that some top officials of INEC assisted the APC and the Presidency in sabotaging the commission’s operations and scuttling the elections earlier slated for February 16. He further claimed that the idea behind the sabotage was to force the electoral body to conduct staggered election where the government can use security agencies to subvert the will of the people. “These APC elements in INEC engineered actions that affected the distribution and delivery of INEC sensitive materials to designated locations, thereby frustrating the electoral process,” he claimed. Ologbondiyan, who is also the Director, Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, claimed the party was in possession of details of how a hired team of data hackers corrupted the voters register. According to him, Nigerians would have been shocked that many registered voters in possession of their Permanent Voter Cards would have arrived their polling centres on election day, only to discover that their names had disappeared from the register in their units. Ologbondiyan said intelligence available to the party further showed how agents of the Presidency allegedly infiltrated the distribution system and ensured that sensitive election materials did not arrive at the designated locations. This, he added, was planned to stall elections in some states and pave the way for staggered elections. He said, “This is in addition to deliberate swapping of sensitive election materials between different states and local governments so as to muddle up the process and stall election in affected areas. “In some of states like Edo, sensitive election materials did not arrive at their designated points on APC interruption.” He urged Nigerians to continue to be alert in resisting the APC and the Presidency in their alleged plot to sabotage the elections. Ologbondiyan added, “Our promise to Nigerians is that we will continue to stand with the people in exposing APC’s rigging plots and stopping them from creating more havoc and destruction to our democratic process. “We therefore call on Buhari to save himself from further disgrace, as the signpost of enemy of democracy, by ensuring that his cabal and their ilk in APC cease forthwith from tampering with our electoral process.” – Punch – Feb. 18, 2019 @ 7:29 GMT |

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