The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the international community to place the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and all other officials of the commission on a watch list.
Addressing journalist in Abuja on Monday, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged that INEC is taking directives from the Buhari Presidency and the APC on how to manipulate the general elections.
The full statement reads:
“Gentlemen of the press, we have called you up again to alert you of the
fresh plots by the leadership of the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) to rig the 2019 general elections for President
Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The PDP alerts Nigerians that INEC has been taking directives from the
Buhari Presidency and the APC on how to manipulate our electoral process
at various levels.
“To this end, INEC 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.
“The PDP is already privy to how the lists were populated with APC
members and agents of the APC candidates, after clearance by the APC
leaders in various states.
“The PDP vehemently rejects this wicked plot by the Buhari Presidency,
which is tailored to ensure institutional manipulation of the electoral
process, including accreditation, voting and collation of results at the
polling units, which is the base of the elections.
“The PDP holds that by following the directive of the APC in such dubious
rigging scheme, the INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, has violated
section 29 (1) of the Electoral Act (as amended) and shows that he is in
clear deficit of the required political will to conduct a credible, free
and fair election.
“This is especially in the light of the boasting by agents of the Buhari
Presidency and the APC to give the INEC Chairman what they describe as
the “Onnoghen treatment”, and frame him, if he fails to comply with
their rigging plans.
“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.
“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.
“Furthermore, the PDP calls on the international community to place the
INEC Chairman, Directors and Commissioners in INEC responsible for this
election on their watch list and proceed to impose travel ban on them as
well as hold them directly responsible should there be any form of
rigging in the February 16, 2019 Presidential elections.
“Finally, the PDP directs all its members, teeming supporters and all
well meaning Nigerians across the nation to get ready to vote out
President Buhari and protect their votes with all the energy available
to them in the defence of our democracy and freedom as a people.
“If President Buhari believes he is popular, he should make himself
available for a free, fair, transparent and credible election. Anything
short of this is completely unacceptable to Nigerians.
“This is because Nigerians have already reached a consensus to vote out
the incompetence, hunger, nepotism, pretense and manifest lies which the
Buhari President truly represents.”