INEC, security agencies are partisan in Osun, says APC

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Ahead of the Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State, the All Progressives Congress has accused the the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies of being partisan.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said in a statement he issued in Osogbo on Friday that every available evidence “shows the clear hostility by INEC and the security agencies towards the APC.”
The party expressed what it called “grave concern” over recent pronouncements by INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega, “including the one pushing party agents 300 metres away from polling booths, that clearly negate the provisions of the Electoral Act.”
The statement read, “Another indication of the partisan stance of INEC, which is supposed to be a neutral arbiter but has now descended into the fray, as the commission’s blunt refusal to respond to all the issues of concern raised by the APC, with less than 24 hours to the election.”On August 4, 2014, the Osun State Secretary of the APC wrote a letter to the State Resident Electoral Commissioner asking to be furnished with the certified copy of the Register with which the Permanent Voters Cards were distributed.

”Again on August 6, the Osun State Secretary of the APC wrote a letter to the Osun State Resident Electoral Commissioner asking for the resolution of discrepancies in the updated voters register, a copy of which was given to each of the political parties. In the said letter, the party made particular mention of discrepancies in various units in Wards 01 Ayedade Local Government, Ward 06, Atakumosa Local Government, Ward 05, Ede North Local Govt,Ward 02, Ejigbo Local Govt, Ward 06, Ifedayo Local Govt. Up till this moment, the party is yet to receive any response to either of the letters.”

The party also said that at the stakeholders meeting that was chaired by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, on August 6 it (APC) asked INEC to make available to all political parties the Voters Identification Numbers of all unclaimed Permanent Voters Cards and publicly declare all such cards invalid for the purpose of Saturday’s Election, not noted: ”We are yet to hear anything about this demand less than 24 hours to the election.”

”More worrisome, however, is the pronouncement by Prof Jega thatparty agents won’t be allowed within 300 metres of the polling booth. We sincerely hope Prof Jega has since reversed himself on this matter, otherwise we can all kiss free and fair election in Osun on Saturday goodbye,.

”Then the sudden removal of the Osun state Commissioner of Police and all his deputies less than 48 hours to the election; and the fact that Chris Uba, not known to be a military man, has been given 50 soldiers to command in Osun on Saturday to terrorize and brutalize any APC supporter that may want to disrupt the PDP rigging plan, are enough reasons for anyone to be seriously concerned.

”Added to these, the fact that the election has been militarized, with over 73,000 security operatives, both official and unofficial,swarming all over Osun; hundreds of thugs in civil defence uniforms,ex-militants, criminals and ex-convicts and murderers all in various official uniforms being allowed to run riot in Osun state, with the full connivance and open collaboration of the official security agents, one will see nothing but a recipe for chaos as well as the intimidation, harassment and arrest of opposition supporters.”

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