Poll: Put Ekiti Under Special Watch, APC Tells Jega, Observer Groups

The Ekiti State chapter All Progressives Congress (APC) has said ‎it has uncovered plot by the state leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to compromise the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) voting materials for a repeat of June 21 governorship poll to rig the March 28 presidential poll in favour of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The party thus urged the INEC  Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, and all election monitors to put Ekiti State under special watch to forestall electoral fraud.
A statement by the APC state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said‎ this disclosure coming from dependable sources could not be wished away considering the latest revelations of the compromise of INEC materials by PDP in June 21 Ekiti governorship poll to give victory to Mr Ayodele Fayose as revealed in Ekitigate tape.

He said: “Our fear is not without basis. Nigerians and indeed the whole world have heard Fayose talking on Ekitigate tape about how he collected INEC soft copies and got them printed to manipulate the poll to secure victory. They also heard how the military provided cover to subvert democracy in Fayose’s favour.

“We are calling on Jega that we have it on good authority that Fayose has again printed fake ballot papers as usual to exchange with INEC original ballots on Friday night preceding election day”.

Olatubosun alleged that the plan was to exchange the ballot papers in the night of Friday March 27 just as it was done in the night of Friday  June 20, 2014.
He urged Jega, INEC officials and security agents to ensure that ballot papers are not distributed at night, pleading that the distribution be done in the morning in the presence of party agents.

He added that Jega should put his staff under intense surveillance to avoid compromise with polls riggers.

The APC also alleged that the governor, his Ondo State ally and their agents are in possession of fake army uniforms to be worn by the thugs allegedly imported into the state three weeks ago. According to him, the thugs in security outfits are to be unleashed on APC leaders and candidates from Thursday.

“Part of the plan is also to start hijacking money allocated to each polling unit on Friday night by Fayose’s fake soldiers who are actually PDP thugs.

“The first ‘consignment’‎ of the thugs were shipped to the state at night in six 18-seater buses three weeks ago while the last batch will be coming from Cotonou in Benin Republic after a week-long recruitment.

“The first batch of the thugs led by one Tosco is being presently lodged at a popular hotel along Iworoko Road and are already on surveillance duty coordinated by two Ekiti North PDP contestants in the general elections.

“The other batch is in a camp in Ilaje/Okitipupa area of Ondo State where they are being put on oath and are being armed with sophisticated weapons. Their reward is N150,000 if they can deliver.

“We hereby call on Jega to nip internal sabotage in the bud to ensure credible poll to write his name in gold while we also call on security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities. It is also a challenge to voters to protect their votes‎ against polls invaders,” Olatubosun said.

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