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Poling Unit in Chad: INEC Working With APC To Rig 2019 Election, Says PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party on Friday, fired the first shot at the Independent National Electoral Commission, accusing it of planning compromise the result of the 2019 general election.

The Peoples Democratic Party on Friday, fired the first shot at the Independent National Electoral Commission, accusing it of planning to compromise the result to of the 2019 general election.

The PDP in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan accused INEC of collaborating with the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the upcoming election. 

Obasanjo, Uche Secondus PDP Leadership
Obasanjo, Uche Secondus PDP Leadership

Olagbondiyan was reacting to the report that INEC has finalized move to set up additional 30,000 poling unit outside Nigeria to accommodate Nigerians in various Internal Displaced Persons (IDP) camps

The PDP Secretary in a Press Conference noted that all IDP camps in country fall within the catchment area of an already delineated poling unit.

According to him, “for the purposes of emphasis, the PDP rejects all forms of fraudulent ‘special arrangements’ tailored to rig this election. Our party insists that elections must only hold in statutorily designated polling centers across our country. The PDP and indeed, Nigerians are not ready to accept any fabricated result from any illegal polling center created to assist President Buhari to rig the election”

The party also accused the President Muhammadu Buhari of allegedly directing INEC to illegally, open polling at border lines with Chad and Niger Republic in order to allow underage and aliens to vote.

“Part of the plot is to use these illegal remote centers, which will not have functional Smart Card Readers, to allow unchecked voting by aliens, and under-age persons as well as provide the unlimited latitude for criminal allocation of fictitious votes for President Buhari and his party, the APC.

“Furthermore, it is instructive to inform Nigerians that, as part of the presidency’s rigging plot, INEC has been instructed to deploy defective Smart Card Readers to IDP camps, particularly in some strategic northern states, to pave way for direct manipulations, including alteration of voter register and voting by unregistered persons, particularly, with the foreclosure of incident forms for manual accreditation.

“This grand plot to rig is the essential reason President Muhammadu Buhari has deliberately refused to sign the amendments to the Electoral Act, which among other things checked manual manipulation by insisting on the use of card readers for biometric accreditation of voters and elimination of over-voting.

“It is clear that the presidency is desperate to re-enact the same rigging scenario, which, in 2015, allowed 13.5 million unauthorized persons to participate in the Presidential election, paving the way for the illegal allocation of millions of fictitious votes to President Buhari and we urge Nigerians to unite in condemnation of this ignoble scheme.

“Our party completely rejects the plan by INEC to substitute biometric accreditation with manual verification on self-recognition and thumbprint on the voters register.

“Such primitive method of accreditation only opens the way for unlimited rigging, multiple, under-age and alien voting, as well as ballot stuffing which will afford President Buhari and the APC to manipulate themselves back to power against the wish of majority of Nigerians,” the publicity scribe stressed.

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