As political parties close campaigns for the 2019 presidential polls today, Comrade Adams Oshiomohole has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of working in league with opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to deny it democratic space in North West state of Zamfara.
He also alleged that “two Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in two unnamed States in the South-South geopolitical zone have been caught openly campaigning for PDP ahead of the forthcoming elections”.
Recall that Comrade Timi Frank, a former chieftain of the APC had claimed being in possession of evidence of such suspicious meeting held between top INEC officials and the presidency, including the candidate of the ruling party.
Comrade Oshiomohole who dismissed the allegation as mere hearsay, pointed out that the party has been at the receiving end of adverse decisions of the INEC, citing the refusal of the election body to abide by its rule to implement the latest judgement of court the case of Zamfara State.
He said: “If anything, if anything, this INEC has been very, very unfair to APC. But we discovered that we have a responsibility. The very fact that we are the governing party, behoves on us a certain level of code that we cannot afford to be seen to be rubbishing all institutions. If we rubbish everything, it therefore means that we don’t want to hold the election.
“As we speak, there are two RECs in the South slSouth who are virtually campaigning line by line with the PDP.
“INEC, without giving us any explanation and without any concrete evidence went ahead to say that it cannot conduct elections in Zamfara State. We can’t field candidates in Zamfara State thereby seeking to award without any contest nullify democracy in Zamfara State. Is that the way your friend behave if they are our friends?
“INEC is working more for PDP based on evidence I can show. How can they explain that a court of competent jurisdiction gave orders in Zamfara that says our candidates are eligible to contest elections. Another High court in Abuja also gave the verdict saying APC did not conclude its primaries but it didn’t give any orders to INEC. This matter was pronounce again by the Court of Qppeal but there is a concrete existing court order from a Zamfara High Court which upheld the primaries held in Zamfara.
“The INEC chairman had said when there are two judgements, he would adopt the last judgment. The Abuja judgement came first, the Zamfara judgement came last even though it is on the same day. Something happened at 10 a.m and another thing happens at 4pm, which one came last even if it is on the same day. Do you have difficulties in knowing which one came first or which one came last? Much as INEC had said they would obey the last order, when it came to Zamfara they changed the goal post.
“There is a candidate in Kano whose nomination we forwarded to INEC, INEC changed the nomination. And as we speak we are in court as we showed our evidence.”
Nevertheless, he expressed confidence that Nigerians will return president Mohammadu Buhari as he appealed to voters to sustain the massive infrastructural work and other achievement of the APC administration.