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INEC’s admin secretary, others accused of poll conspiracy in Delta

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While the dust raised by the outcome of last weekend’s election is yet to settle, Delta State chapter of Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP) has maintained that key staff of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are involved in the conspiracy to undermine the election.

It would be recalled that prior to the rescheduled general election, Delta NDCP accused heads of administration, general admin and procurement (GAP) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) respectively of conspiring with the ruling party in the state to sabotage the commission’s efforts for a credible election.

In a letter dated February 18, signed by Chief Udiyobo Nonye Dafe, NDCP protested to INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Delta State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Cyril Omoregbe, and National Security Adviser, Major General Muhammad Babagana Mongunu. The party alleged that the three accused persons had continued to unconsciously display sympathy for the People Democratic Party (PDP), saying it would surely affect the outcome of the rescheduled elections in the state.

Part of the letter read: “As one of the accredited agents for the election exercise in Delta State, available evidence I stumbled on was that instructions by Head of Admin, Mr. Enabor, to Electoral Officers (EOs) in the local government councils was to populate the presiding and assistant presiding officers’ list with PDP sponsored agents.

“I am bringing this evil machinations of your subordinates to enable you take prompt and drastic measures that will enable you bequeath a free, fair and credible election that Nigerians are waiting to behold.”  

According to Dafe, who is also the leader of Delta Central Senatorial District chapter of the party: “Both the heads of GAP, Mr. Tony Ugboneh and ICT, Mr. Chidi, respectively, beside being PDP sympathisers, are very critical of policy initiatives of President Muhammadu Buhari, which they often expressed unconsciously in public fora. And if the trio, who recruited the RACHTEC personnel on the dictates of PDP are not rescued before the rescheduled elections, the exercise in Delta State will end up being compromised.

“Therefore, the right thing to do is disqualify them and set aside the fraudulent architecture they set up to secure victory for PDP, thereby denying electorate the right to have their votes count. We also demand that a new recruitment should be ordered under the watchful eyes of intelligence personnel.”

His concern was that though “The commission came up with a well thoughtout policy of recruiting collation and returning officers, through a template that tends to insulate partisan persons from serving as election officials. Sadly, those eventually shortlisted for the jobs were not from the University of Benin, the purported institution approved for this category of personnel, but from a list of PDP supporters generated and handed over for posting, to create an undue electoral advantage for PDP against other parties.”

He stressed that further investigation also revealed that substitutes “recruited for the collation/returning jobs were surreptitiously trained on February 12 at Beniza Hotel, Asaba. The same template was used in populating the list of supervisory presiding officials with PDP card-carrying members, who did not satisfy the laid down guidelines by INEC.Efforts to get reaction of Delta State INEC officials were not successful as the accused persons could not react to the disturbing development at the time of filing this report. 


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