APC Ac­cuses PDP of Hir­ing Ex-INEC Boss to Rig Elec­tion

THISDAY - - NEWS EXTRA - Onye­buchi Ezigbo in Abuja

The Deputy Na­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of the All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress (APC), Yekini Nabena, has al­leged that the op­po­si­tion Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) is hir­ing a for­mer Chair­man of the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) to act as an elec­tion con­sul­tant for the forth­com­ing polls.

Nabena, who spoke with some jour­nal­ists in Abuja, said the plan is to use INEC of­fi­cials loyal to the for­mer INEC chair­man and un­der his pay­roll to com­pro­mise the sys­tem from within.

Nabena re­fused to dis­close the name of the for­mer INEC chair­man, but chal­lenged the PDP and its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Al­haji Atiku Abubakar, to deny the al­le­ga­tion and equally charged rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to in­ves­ti­gate the ve­rac­ity of his al­le­ga­tion.

“Fol­low­ing the ex­po­sure of the PDP’s ini­tial plot to use Rus­sian hack­ers to com­pro­mise INEC servers, the PDP has now hired a for­mer INEC Chair­man as an elec­tion con­sul­tant. This INEC chair­man was no­to­ri­ous for rig­ging elec­tions for the PDP over the years.

Asked to com­ment on the up­roar that greeted the re­cent ap­point­ment of Mrs. Amina Zakari as chair of the INEC’s ad hoc com­mit­tee on Na­tional Col­la­tion Cen­tre for the 2019 elec­tions, the Bayelsa-born APC Chief­tain said Nige­ri­ans should not be de­ceived by the PDP-spon­sored protest and fake news over her ap­point­ment.

“The base­less protest is a ploy to cre­ate a dis­trac­tion for their (PDP’s) elec­tion rig­ging and hack­ing plans.

PDP has de­lib­er­ately cho­sen to be blind to the fact that Mrs. Zakari is not a blood re­la­tion of the pres­i­dent as it al­leged. In­fact, her ap­point­ment was done by for­mer Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan.

“Be­sides, INEC has pub­licly stated the roles of its re­cently in­au­gu­rated ad­hoc com­mit­tees. The col­la­tion cen­tre com­mit­tee chaired by Zakari is in charge of op­er­a­tional lo­gis­tics of the cen­tre such as elec­tric­ity, in­ter­net, live trans­mis­sion as well as ac­cred­i­ta­tion for ac­cess to the ICC and se­cu­rity of the venue.

He said Zakari’s com­mit­tee is not sad­dled with ac­tual col­la­tion of re­sults, adding that only the chair­man of INEC, who is the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer for pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, de­cides the va­lid­ity of votes.”

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