The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it is working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari.
The PDP had accused the electoral body of working completely for the ruling party and acting out the script President Buhari has paid it to carryout.
In a statement by signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP on Monday, the party alleged that Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC Chairman, of being “heavily bribes” by the APC thereby working assiduously to see that PDP fails in the results yet to be declared.
However, in a statement by the electoral body, it dismissed the allegations by the opposition party, stating that their “one and only interest in the 2019 general elections is to make votes count. ”
In the statement signed by Rotimi Oyekanmi, INEC Chairman’s spokesperson, it said the PDP has accused the commission of rigging without adequate proof. It added that the PDP also failed to accused INEC of rigging elections in states where it won like Delta, Akwa Ibom, Oyo, Cross Rivers, Ebonyi and Enugu.
See full statement below
“It is quite unfortunate that at this particular period when the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is busy trying to conclude the remaining governorship and state houses of assembly elections, the Peoples Democratic Party has embarked on making spurious and libelous allegations, without concrete proofs as usual.
“So far, the PDP has won in Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Enugu, Oyo, Abia, Cross River and Delta states according to the results declared by INEC. Interestingly, the PDP has not accused INEC of rigging the elections in these states.
“Sadly, the PDP has also not deemed it fit to commiserate with the families of our ad hoc staff and other Nigerians who lost their lives, including those who were injured in different parts of the country while trying to carry out their legitimate duties. This is rather unfortunate and regrettable.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission’s one and only interest in the 2019 general elections is to make votes count. It is to ensure free, fair and credible elections. When there is no interference with the electoral process and an election satisfies the provisions of the law, the Commission will always make a declaration of the results. But when there is interference or when an election fails to meet the requirements of the law, the Commission will not make a declaration.
“In the case of Rivers, the Commission was forced to suspend the election due to violence and threats to life, as a result of which it constituted a Fact Finding Committee to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours.
“In a couple of other states where a declaration was not immediately made, the elections did not meet the threshold required for such a declaration. The Commission will take the appropriate action prescribed by the law and make a declaration.”