The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that it has uncovered a fresh plot by some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conspire with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to compromise the results of the June 21 Ekiti Governorship poll in favour of the PDP.
In a statement issued by the party’s Director of Publicity and Media in the state, Segun Dipe, APC said facts are available to APC on how some INEC officials plan to conspire with the PDP to use duplicate copies of the original result sheets (Form EC8) series at the polling centres instead of the original.
“The original sheets would now be used to write concocted results, which would be smuggled into the collation centres later,” the release stated, adding that the threat by the PDP candidate, Ayo Fayose, that the election had been concluded and the results had been written even before the election, is no threat after all, but a fact of the Saturday, 21st June, 2014 electoral contest.
“The trick is not a new one. There had been instances in the past elections where Form EC8 would be deliberately kept away from the polling centre and the ballot papers would be without serial numbers. Yet INEC would come out to announce phony result and defend such deliberate oversight. Form EC8 is a sensitive material that should not be tampered with in an election.”
Meanwhile, the APC said it has instructed its agents not to cooperate with INEC unless all the original and other copies of sensitive materials are certified available from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the Polling Unit level.
The party also called on local and international observers to pay a very close attention to the pre-election machinations of the INEC-PDP conspiracy, saying such an unholy alliance would not augur well for a Free and fair election.
“It should not be only on election day that observers would visit a few polling stations and declare the polls free and fair. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom,” Dipe said.