The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday raised the alarm that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was hoarding the presidential and senatorial elections result sheets for undisclosed reasons.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the party also alleged that its agents were being denied the INEC accreditation and identification cards, ostensibly to shut them out of the election monitoring process and allow the All Progressives Congress (APC) a field day to manipulate the process.
It stated that its monitoring and intelligence showed that INEC has been distributing sensitive election materials in most states of the federation without the Presidential and Senatorial elections results sheets.
According to it, “the development is already heightening tension and suspicion of an underhand method by the commission to open the elections for manipulations and allow the APC to enter fictitious results for onward transmission to collation centres
” Intelligence available to us indicate that this is part of the plot for which President Muhammadu Buhari’s relation by marriage, Mrs Amina Zakari, has been retained as the head of the INEC collation centre”.
The Party, therefore, cautioned INEC to show its impartiality by immediately releasing the Presidential and senatorial elections result sheet as well as the accreditation cards, saying that “any further delay will be a clear recipe for crisis as Nigerians are already highly agitated over the matter”.
“INEC should note that Nigerians are very anxious about this election and any action that, in any way, portrays or tends to portray the process as being manipulated is capable of triggering a crisis of unprecedented proportion in our country”, it declared.