Monday, 5 September 2016
Edo election: PDP accuses INEC of favouring APC.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of working with the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of September 10 governorship election. According to Daily Post, PDP is accusing INEC of allowing APC undue access to files and data processors that could put it an advantage in the Edo election next weekend
In order to level the playing field, PDP has now asked INEC to disclose the identities of those to conduct the upcoming election. “As part of our preparations for the Edo State gubernatorial election slated for Saturday September 10, 2016, we have formally requested for a meeting with staff (Local Government Collation Officers, Returning Officer for the State, Staff in charge of card readers, E-Collation Officers and members of the ICT team) of INEC assigned to the state to conduct the elections in Edo State. “You are aware that as at today 5/09/2016 (5 days before the elections), the names and identities of these staff have not been made public,” a letter to INEC by PDP publicity secretary, Chris O Nehikhare, read
The letter added: “Information available to us is that INEC has granted requests made by the APC for a similar meeting with the above mentioned staff. We are reliably informed that members of APC have been granted remote access to INEC servers and INEC e-collation platforms “We are informed that this was done in furtherance of a plan by certain officials of INEC to grant APC real time access to INEC’s e-collation platforms in a bid to enable them manipulate results on the field at polling stations where they are losing elections or disrupt the electoral process at such locations. We believe that such a meeting will avail us the opportunity to lay our complaints.” Meanwhile, Segun Abraham, the runner up in the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election in Ondo state, has conceded defeat to winner Rotimi Akeredolu, after a keenly contested poll. In a message issued on Sunday, September 4, in Akure, the state capital, Abraham congratulated Akeredolu, who emerged as the governorship candidate of the party in the state.