By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish the list of all officials and ad-hoc staff who have roles to play in the forthcoming elections at all levels for verification by stakeholders within the next 48 hours.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan made the call while addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday.
The leading opposition party accused the electoral commission of bias in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the polls.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary alleged that INEC has been taking directives from the Buhari Presidency and the APC on how to manipulate electoral process at various levels.
He added that the electoral commission has collected a list of people that will serve as electoral officials, including ad-hoc staff and returning officers at the polling units, from APC state governors and candidates, across the federation, on the directives of the Buhari Presidency.
Ologbondiyan further accused the INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, of violating section 29 (1) of the Electoral Act (as amended) by following the directive of the APC in such dubious rigging scheme, alleging that he is in clear deficit of the required political will to conduct a credible, free and fair election.
His words, “In the light of the foregoing, the PDP demands that INEC, within the next 48 hours, publish the list of all officials and ad-hoc staff that will play any form of role in the election at all levels for verification by stakeholders.
“Any delay or refusal by INEC to publish the list with 48 hours would be a clear acceptance that it has been compromised by the APC and this could lead to a very serious crisis with very dire consequences as the PDP will never allow anybody to rig it out in this election”, he said.
The PDP added that some agents of the Buhari Presidency and the APC are boasting to give the INEC Chairman what they describe as the “Onnoghen treatment”, and frame him, if he fails to comply with their rigging plans.
Continuing, he said, “The PDP wants Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to note that the fate of our nation lies in his hands. It is left to him to decide whether he would end as a national hero or as a villain.”