PDP indicts INEC over alleged $1m scam
Ondo State factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Clement Faboyede, has allegedly accused Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of collecting $1 million bribe from the party’s flagbearer in the November governorship poll, Mr. Jimoh Ibrahim.
Faboyede said this yesterday in Akure when reacting to the substitution of Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) with Ibrahim, as the authentic candidate of the party in the November 26 governorship election.
He described it as a mockery of democracy and an indication that the nation’s democracy is dying in the hands of the APC-led Federal Government, lamenting that no free and fair election had held under President Muhammadu Buhari since he took over power.
The PDP chieftain recounted that Jegede was duly nominated through the party primary as stipulated by the electoral act and supervised by INEC, but the commission succumbed to pressure from some moles within the PDP.
“The event culminating in replacing Jegede is a crude hallmark and handiwork of some moles in PDP and some high placed government officials of APC at the federal level.”
He submitted that the moles within the PDP believed that removing Jegede from the race would pave way for easier manipulation of the election results in favour of the APC.
Faboyede challenged INEC to deny that it did not receive the $1million bribe, which the candidate whose name was published, Jimoh, alleged that the commission demanded from him in his interview.
“Is INEC succumbing to Jimoh’s intimidation or accepted that the allegation is true or is it because of that allegation that INEC went ahead and agreed to his bidding by removing Jegede’s name and replaced it with Jimoh Ibrahim?
“By publishing Jimoh’s name, it means they have accepted the $1million and if otherwise, we are asking INEC or concerned department of INEC to take Jimoh Ibrahim to court within the next 48 hours.
“INEC should prove beyond reasonable doubt that Jimoh’s allegation as contained in his interview is not true and convince the party that they are not publishing his name based on that allegation and should also convince us that the bribe had not been taken.”