THE Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has begun the execution of a sinister plan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to manipulate the electoral process from INEC source, in order to rig the August 9 election in the state.
A statement by the APC’s Director of Media and Publicity in Osun, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, alleged that thousands of APC supporters across local government areas in the state are systematically being disenfranchised as INEC is preventing them from obtaining their permanent voter’s cards (PVCs) without which they will not be allowed to vote.
APC alleged that INEC has introduced a wicked formular of dispensing the PVCs by asking voters with temporary cards what party they belonged to, before the permanent voter’s cards are given.
In the process, virtually all those who have identified themselves as APC supporters have been told that their PVCs were not ready, and INEC could not tell these prospective voters when they would be available.
According to the APC, this is part of what the PDP want to achieve with the removal of the former Osun REC, Ambassador Rufus Akeju.
“Information from PDP leadership has also revealed INEC’s alleged involvement in a massive ballot stuffing plan that will be secured by security forces and present as votes of designated polling booths.
“The rigging plan of the PDP in the State of Osun therefore, is a coordinated exercise between that party, and corrupted INEC officials under the protection of federal security forces.
“Besides, the APC is reliably informed that the ink which INEC would deploy in majority of the local government areas will be similar to the one used in Ekiti state that fades off within hours of voting,” the statement added.
The APC warned further that INEC’s integrity as a fair umpire may have been compromised, and “it is impossible to believe that all these manipulative activities of the electoral process by INEC are being done outside Prof. Attahiru Jega’s knowledge.
“Afterall, it was Jega’s office that defended the removal of Akeju in approval of his replacement with a new man in Osogbo who appears to act in a manner that is inconsistent with a fair electoral process for the August 9 election”.
The party thus, called on the international community and democratic observers to prevail on President Goodluck Jonathan to desist from tampering with INEC in order to rig Osun election.
“We are in a terrible situation now that the Federal Government appears to have transformed the electoral commission into a conspirator-accomplice of the rigging mechanism of the PDP,” the APC declared.
The party warned that “this is a recipe for chaos, anarchy and a potent risk to the collapse of democracy if the PDP rigged the election of August 9 in Osun where it is totally unpopular, and its candidate especially detested for his notoriety in several negative ways”.