National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of plan to rig the 2015 general elections.
Tinubu based his accusation on the irregularities being witnessed in the ongoing distribution of Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) in Lagos State, saying the exercise has failed.
“This is a colossal failure and it has eroded my confidence in INEC to be able to midwife successful 2015 general elections. INEC must start the process afresh. The exercise must be conducted simultaneously across the 20 local governments recognised by INEC, at the same time.
“If they fail, we shall not disclose our strategy; if the exercise fails, something will happen. May be we will go on the streets to protest, may be we will go to court, we won’t reveal our strategy”, but we have our demands,” he said.
Continuing, the APC chieftain stated; “We cannot blame the Youth Corps members who are just helping, it is not their fault. It is the people in charge from Abuja that failed.
“Four years ago, we sympathised with Jega, when he apologised to the nation over a failed exercise, but what are they going to say again?
“They had four years to plan and put their acts together. This is a deliberate ploy to fail. They did it deliberately to plan their rigging strategy,” Tinubu alleged.
He also demand an immediate reinstatement of the almost two million voters delisted from the list, as earlier observed by Governor Babatunde Fashola.
“INEC cannot disenfranchise anybody. We are reporting the matter to our national secretariat. Those people removed from the voters’ register are almost two million. That is not acceptable, they must be put back on the list.
“INEC does not have the power to reduce or remove anybody. INEC is not a court of law. By this action, INEC has flouted the Electoral Act. You cant say almost two million people are ghosts. If there is multiple registration, INEC must publish the names of those people.
“These almost two million people voted in 2011, are you saying they are ghosts. Were they ghosts when they voted in 2011? INEC has failed and this is a deliberate failure,” he said.
The PVC distribution exercise is currently being conducted in 11 local governments out of the 20 in Lagos State, a development the former Lagos State governor describes as a deliberate attempt to rig the 2015 elections in the state. INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega had however defended the commission’s decision to distribute in 11 local governments, saying the PVCs being distributed are the ones that were ready.