The Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in Ondo State,on Monday raised the alarm over what it described as the engagement of members of the All Progressives Party ( APC) by the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ) as its ad-hoc staff in the November 26 gubernatorial election in the state.
This was contained in a statement by the publicity secretary of the party in the state, Mr Banji Okunomo, who alleged “the worrisome compromising attitude of the electoral body in conniving with APC in all fronts to rig the forthcoming election.”
He stated that the party was putting together a petition against the body regarding the complaint.
“The trend started with the last presidential election where INEC ad-hoc staff played an ignoble role of deciding where voters should put cast their votes.
“This time around, there are proofs that most of the ad-hoc staff so far engaged to work with INEC on November 26 are APC card carrying members,” the PDP alleged.
Positing that the commission had derailed, the party claimed that it “discovered that an instruction came to INEC from Abuja asking its Ondo office to get a list of those to be engaged for the election from chairmen of the APC in each local government of the state.”
The PDP further alleged that the INEC, in compliance with the order, had been recruiting APC members to help it run the coming election in the state.
It stated: “This alone may rubbish the entire process as the outcome of the election may have been decided in favour of the APC by a partial umpire called INEC.”
Reacting, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Segun Agbaje, said the allegation was not only false but it was designed to stir controversy in the state.
He said: “This is a reckless accusation. How can somebody just sit down in the corner of his room and come out with such allegation just to cause problem? There is nothing like that.”