The Delta State Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, said it had uncovered an alleged deceitful plot by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to manipulate and rig forthcoming elections for President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress, APC, through several devious strategies.
INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu, Publicity secretary of the party, Dr Ifeanyi Osuoza, said in a statement at Asaba, asserted that the first gambit of the electoral body was to stage-manage the pre-loading and key in the Card Readers with pre-determined fictitious voters before accreditation.
“Our thorough investigations reveal that the first ploy in the uncovered series of stratagems to tinker with the February 16 and March 2 elections is a deceptive tactic designed to make President Buhari and the APC candidates gain the upper hand through underhand manipulation of pre-loading and stuffing of Card Readers before accreditation with pre-determined names of fictitious voters.
“In other words, the import of the plot is to manipulate the smart card readers so as to substitute biometric accreditation with manual verification of already pre-loaded names thus paving way for mass rigging and allocation of fictitious votes for President Buhari and other APC Candidates during the elections,” he said.
Osuoza stated, “In addition to this brazen plot, we also have it on good authority that the ultimate plan of the supposed independent electoral umpire is to allegedly swap the original result sheets at the collation centres, all part of the grand desperation to manipulate the electoral process and short-change the will of the people…”
“Again, we have also been alerted to the fact that the APC in a grand design to infiltrate the composition and membership of electoral officers for the election, had cashed in on the shortfall of required personnel from the Federal College of Education (Technical), FCE(T), Asaba and the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, FUPRE, Effurun.
“It has submitted the names of loyalists and card-carrying members of the APC masquerading as staff of the two institutions, to INEC in order to make up the deficit as demanded by the electoral umpire.
“It will be recalled that the national secretariat of our party, the PDP, had recently handed INEC, a 48-hour ultimatum to make public the list of all officials and ad-hoc staff that would be involved in any manner or form in the February 16 Presidential election at all levels, for verification by stakeholders.
“That demand had been predicated on findings, which had suggested that the INEC leadership had deferred to directives by Buhari Presidency and granted leeway to the APC to collate lists of their loyalists from APC state governors and candidates, across the federation.”
The Delta State Peoples