The Ayo Fayose Campaign Organisation has urged Nigerians, especially the security agencies, to hold the All Progressives Congress responsible if any calamity befall the Independent National Electoral Commission offices in Ekiti State.
APC in a statement by the Ekiti Chapter Chairman, Chief Jide Awe, had on Wednesday raised the alarm that it had uncovered plan to set fire on the INEC office to destroy materials used during the June 21 governorship election in the State.
Reacting in a statement by its Director General, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, AFCO described the allegation as “suspicious” urging security agencies not to treat it with levity.
AFCO said that “APC people should not be allowed to burn the INEC office in Ado-Ekiti the way they burn down the INEC office in Ido/Osi Local Government during the 2009 rerun governorship election.
“If they are saying that plans are being hatched to have ‘strange fire’ occurrence at the INEC office in Ado Ekiti and all the materials relating to the just concluded governorship election will get burnt, security agencies must ask questions.
“This is more so that the APC Spokesperson, Mr. Segun Dipe, who issued the statement yesterday, also knew that the fire incidence would be blamed on some faulty power surge, he (Segun Dipe) must be made to give further details on the alleged plot.”
Anisulowo alleged that the modus operandi of the APC was to accuse others of planning to do what it had already set machinery in motion to do.
It therefore urged INEC to secure its offices and the materials used during the election so as to prevent the plans to rubbish the results from succeeding.
“Most importantly that it is obvious that the APC as a party has tried unsuccessfully to discredit the June 21 governorship election, by inventing various ridiculous arguments, including claim that the election was ‘photocromically rigged.’
“If the party is now coming up with allegation of plan to burn the INEC office, it could be a pointer to a sinister plot by the APC people to burn the INEC office so as to be able to sustain their argument that the election was rigged and that they would have succeeded in upturning the election results at the tribunal if INEC office had not been burnt.
“INEC must therefore secure its offices and the materials used during the June 21 gubernatorial election so as to prevent the APC’s plans to rubbish the results from succeeding,” he added.