The Edo State PDP has raised alarm that it has uncovered a plot whereby the rigging of the Edo State Governorship Election is being coordinated by three highly placed INEC officials.
The three INEC officials allegedly involved in this plot are, Mrs. Amina Zakari, an INEC national; Mrs. Imoudu Sule, Edo State INEC PRO; The Delta State REC; and the national Deputy Director of Operations.
Making the allegation at a press conference in Benin City, the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Chris Nehikhare stated that the plot was under the supervision of Amina Zakari, through the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Delta State.
The PDP spokesman alleged that Mrs Imoudu Sule is in charge of the disbursement of compromise money to selected local government electoral officers. He said that so far, Mrs. Sule has distributed two million naira each to nine electoral officers whose local government results are being written before ballots are cast, to favour the ruling APC.
Mr. Nehikhare, while telling the public to take note said that the PDP will resist any attempt by the ruling party to subvert the will of the people by any engagement in the substitution of electoral materials. He warned that nobody should act in way that would precipitate anarchy.
He continued “We have just received credible information from our very reliable inside source that the Presidency has perfected a scheme to plant men of the Department of State Services, around the residences of some prominent PDP leaders across Edo State. The purpose of this is to prevent them from moving out of their homes after10pm tonight.
The list include the former PDP BOT Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, Chief Tom Ikimi, the State Chairman, Chief Dan Osi Orbih, Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu as well as the three senatorial vice chairmen. Others include notable PDP stalwarts. It will be recalled that a few days ago, the APC had written a letter to INEC, with a long list of PDP members across the state who they accused of obtaining free movement tags, to be used on election day.
The PDP leadership in Edo state has described this allegation as baseless and wishes to inform Nigerians and Edo people that all relevant tags which are obtained lawfully, from INEC, are the only tags which have been provided to members. The same tags were also provided for APC members. Any illegal attempt to restrict the movement of our members and leaders will be met with strong protests as freedom of movement is a fundamental right as enshrined in our constitution.
Finally, we also use this medium to alert Nigerians and the international community on the nefarious activities of Oshiomole’s arrests and intimidation of our members in Edo North, especially in neighbouring towns and villages to his Iyamo hometown. The election of a Governor for Edo state MUST be conducted according to the electoral laws of Nigeria. Any plan by the APC controlled Federal government to subvert the will of Edo people, will either lead to an unprecedented outcome or an uncontrollable resistance.