PDP: INEC’s admission of underage voters vindicates us …Queries INEC’s Registration Of APC Agents As Observers in Ekiti, Osun

INEC chairmanProf. Mahmood Yakubu
The admission by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of existence of underage voters in its voter register has vindicated the position of the PDP and clearly shows it has not been crying wolf 
where there was none, the opposition party said.

The PDP said while it acknowledges the development, it rejects moves by the indicted commission to unilaterally clean up the discredited register and eliminate the minors without involving all stakeholders, 

including political parties in the process.

The party in a press statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said:

"This is principally because we have already been made aware that INEC, under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has been instructed by the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to retain the underage voters, particularly in Katsina, Kano states and other porous states where they plot to use them to rig election for President Muhammadu Buhari.

"That INEC has been compromised by the APC clearly demonstrated in their earlier spirited denials of existence of underage voters in the register.

"Nigerians are aware that INEC only admitted the illegality following preponderance of incontestable documentary evidences exposed by the PDP.

"Furthermore, we are already aware of other illegalities being perpetrated in INEC by the APC to manipulate the electoral process not only for the 2019 general election but also the forthcoming governorship elections in Osun and Ekiti States.

"We are aware that a blood relation of President Buhari, who has been made in charge of very sensitive department in INEC, has been perfecting all manner of rigging plans, including the exposed plans to create 
illegal 30,000 polling units in porous areas to be used to allocate votes for President Buhari.

"We are also aware of underhand registration of APC agents as election observers, as well as the manipulation of INEC voters’ and constituency data to favour the APC.

"The PDP charges Prof. Yakubu to explain to Nigerians why his commission secretly registered over 4,000 APC agents as observers for the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections.

"INEC should explain why it registered observers without the knowledge of other stakeholders, particularly the major political parties contesting in the elections.

It is clear that the sneaky activities of the commission and the APC are all aimed at institutionalizing their planned rigging of the governorship elections but we want to assure that such will be firmly resisted at all level of the electoral process.

We therefore demand the immediate cancellation of the registration of observers for the Ekiti and Osun state governorship elections and demand the conduct of a fresh registration that involves all stakeholders if  indeed they want Nigerians to have faith in their processes.

Prof. Yakubu must understand that Nigerians are taking note of the erosion of the independence and public confidence in INEC under his watch and are not ready to accept any process or results that do not reflect the democratic will of the people in any election at any level across the country.

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