There are indications that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have commenced a well-coordinated move to split the rank of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at its headquarters over the fate of the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Osun, Ambassador Taiwo Akeju.
Informed sources in Abuja have hinted that the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Jelili Adesiyan; PDP governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore; and some PDP stalwarts invited five out of the six national commissioners to a secret meeting in Abuja last week where the plot to break the ranks of the National Commissioners was hatched.
The meeting, which reportedly took place in the house of one of the PDP leaders, excluded the sixth commissioner, Prof Lai Olurode who incidentally is from the South-West.
The mandate given to the commissioners was to move against Prof. Jega if he (Jega) refuses to redeploy the Osun REC by endlessly putting the issue up as agenda at meetings of the commission.
It was reliably gathered however, that two of five invited INEC commissioners declined to support the move as, according to them, such move is capable of creating confusion and disrupting order in the commission.
The three others who agreed to play along the written script, were said to have drafted a memo to that effect, which was submitted at the INEC meeting with Jega in attendance last week.
The memo, a reliable source at the meeting informed our correspondent, was tabled before Prof. Jega, with a covert plan to harm twist the INEC boss into succumbing to redeploy Akeju from Osun state.
It was gathered that the result however did not favour the conveners of the meeting as Jega disagreed with the resolutions of the memo, saying his decision to retain Akeju in Osun was not based on personal interest but that the commission could not be succumbing to pressures to transfer its officials based on unproved allegations.
Sources added “the memo submitted at the meeting is one of the series of strategies PDP at its headquarters want to deploy to cause disquiet in the commission ahead of the August 8 election,”
It will be recalled that few months ago when the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, visited Osun, PDP and one other political party had asked for the removal of the state REC.
But Jega turned than the call against the backdrop of the fact that the allegations on which the call was based remained unsubstantiated with concrete evidence.