PDP says it has lost confidence in INEC’s capability to conduct credible poll

People Democratic Party (PDP)

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it has no confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), ahead of the 2019 polls.

It asked for the removal of INEC chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu, from office to give credibility to the future polls to be conducted by the agency.

The party’s publicity secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, addressing newsmen in Abuja, called for the immediate review of the voter register in Kano and Katsina states, to eliminate minors from the list.

The credibility of electoral process, according to him is hugely in doubt, following the alleged discovery of minors being registered in Kano State by INEC officials.

He stated that, “Who is fooling whom? Is it not INEC that registered the minors and issued them with Permanent Voters’ Cards to participate in elections as clearly documented in the Kano council election?

“Can INEC truly absolve itself as the original culprit who set the stage for the eventual participation of the minors and overall rigging of the elections?

“By resorting to lame excuses and trying to exonerate itself at a time it should be taking decisive steps to protect the sanctity of its sensitive materials such as the PVC, this INEC has shown that it cannot be relied upon as a responsible and trustworthy electoral umpire.

“Indeed, if this INEC was serious about the sanctity of sensitive electoral materials, by now, it should have ordered the immediate review of its voter register in Kano and Katsina states, fishing out and prosecuting those who registered the minors and clean up the electoral system in the affected states.

“Viewed alongside a series of numerous other irregularities being allowed by INEC to favour the ruling APC, including alleged conspiracy with APC-controlled security operatives to intimidate opposition members and manipulate elections as witnessed in the last Saturday’s Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency Supplementary election in Katsina State, any reasonable person will decode that INEC, as presently constituted, has serious questions to answer, especially as we approach the 2019 general elections.”


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