Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, under the leadership of Prof Mahmood Yakubu of conniving with the All Progressives Congress, APC, to manipulate votes across the country.
Secondus stated that recent events around the commission indicate that INEC was out to destroy Nigeria’s democracy.
In a statement, the PDP Chieftain said with the way and manner the nation’s electoral umpire was conducting its activities, it is obvious that the new INEC Chairman lacks what it takes to lead the commission, stressing that the commission has lost its integrity.
He said the recent conduct of INEC has showed gross incompetence as it has failed glaringly to conduct a free, fair and credible election in Rivers, Imo and Edo State.
According to Secondus, “Events surrounding the electoral body since Prof Yakubu took over from Prof Attahiru Jega leaves one with no other conclusion than that it is not only incompetent but obviously a bias agency designed to dance the music of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC rather than that of Nigerians.
“From Kogi, Bayelsa to Rivers, Imo and Edo states the conduct of this INEC has shown crass incompetence as it has failed glaringly to conduct a free, fair and credible election. At every step on the way the commission has compromised its independence by conniving with agents of the APC to manipulate electoral process and undermine the will of the people.
“The failure of INEC to conduct credible poll all these while has far reaching implication in the sustenance of democracy in the country as well as ensuring national stability.
“I call on all democratic watchers to stand up against this INEC that has shown clearly that its mission is to destroy this democracy by continuously thwarting the will of the people.”
He alleged that the commission “is being pushed about with impunity by the ruling APC that is a huge beneficiary of a sound and credible electoral process put in place by the PDP. “
The APC Chieftain noted that events in Rivers state where some APC agents were caught printing ballot papers exposed further the commission.
Wondering where the printers got the code number and all the security link from, Secondus called on President Muhammadu Buhari to condemn the act and denounce APC’s desperation for power.
Just few days ago, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike had accused INEC and the Nigerian Police of colluding with APC to manipulate the re-run election in the state.