…Hands commission 24 hours ultimatum
By Dirisu Yakubu & Glory Odizuru, Abuja
Ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Kogi state, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to end what it called its apparent tilt towards underhandedness in the electoral processes leading to balloting.
This is as the party said the umpire’s “failure to openly inform stakeholders on the election modalities, particularly the use of card readers, the mode of accreditation, voting, as well as collation, transmission and declaration of election results from the polling units to the final declaration, raises questions on the sincerity of the commission to deliver a credible election.”
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In a statement issued by the party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan on Tuesday, the PDP noted that “such suppression of vital information ahead of this crucial election heightens public suspicion and allegations of conspiracies between INEC and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to muddle up and manipulate the electoral processes to favour the APC.”
It warned that that the situation is already generating tension in the state, “given the insistence of the people for a transparent, free and credible election that will only reflect their wishes and aspirations at the polls.”
The statement read in part: “Our party forewarns the chairman of INEC, Prof.