The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, to throw in the towel with immediate effect. This was the PDP’s first reaction after the INEC announced shifting of the eletions for a week.
The national PDP chairman, Rivers-born Uche Secondus, said this through his press secretary, Paul Ibe, that the postonment was part of the plan by the APC to rig the elections.
Secondus said: “APC in connivance with INEC have been trying all options including but not limited to burning down INEC offices in some states and destroying of electoral materials to create artificial problems upon which to stand for their dubious act”. “With several of their rigging options failing, they have to force INEC to agree to a shift in the election or a staggered election with flimsy excuses pre-manufactured for the purpose,”. “For the avoidance of doubt the PDP sees this action as wicked and we are also aware of other dubious designs like the deployment of hooded security operatives who would be ruthless on the people ostensibly to scare them away.” Secondus said the “wicked killing” of over 60 persons mostly women and children in southern Kaduna on the eve of the election “is a copious ploy by the APC to frighten the people away from voting knowing too well that they were not going to record any vote from the area”.
Elections were shifted in both 2011 and 2015 but the INEC bosses did not resign.
Courts have issued last minute orders to INEC to re-list some parties in the ballox.