By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the August 9 election in Osun state, southwest Nigeria, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to open up on the reasons why it suspended two of its electoral officers in the state.
Omisore who faulted claims by INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje that the two officials were suspended for alleged administrative lapses said there are evidences to prove that the officials were suspended for allegedly rigging the results of the last election in their local government areas.
In a statement issued by the Press Officer to Omisore, Mr Victor Oriola, on Thursday, 4th September, 2014, the PDP flag bearer maintained that INEC was being economical with the truth on the suspension of the two officials.
He accused INEC of attempting to muddle facts and play sophistry over the alleged indictment of its key staff.
INEC had on Monday, 1st September, 2014, suspended the electoral officers that supervised the governorship election in both Osogbo and Obokun local government areas of the state, Messrs Tope Fabunmi and Olusegun Esinoye for alleged administrative lapses.
Omisore however cautioned the national headquarters of INEC not to consent to the plot to cover up the involvement of its staff “using nebulous administrative lapses”.
He said, “we would not have bothered to join issues with the state office of INEC but the need to set records straight supersedes all other considerations. We therefore challenge INEC office in Osun state to provide answers to the following questions: What offence was committed to warrant suspension of the two electoral officers? In an electoral setting, what offence constitutes administrative lapses?
“The electoral officer of Obokun who tampered with election materials meant for August 9 election was cleared by INEC on the ground that it was a minor misdemeanor. INEC should explain to Nigerians why minor misdemeanor now warrants suspension again.
Why are all these coming up again after we filed our petition before the Tribunal?
The PDP flag bearer expressed optimism that he would reclaim his mandate through the tribunal in no distant time.