The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has accused the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmood Yakubu of refusing to allow the Party’s Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to inspect the electoral materials used in the last elections.
PoliticsNGR earlier reported that an Election Tribunal granted Atiku’s prayer to inspect the electoral materials used in the controversial presidential elections held earlier this month. In a statement sent to PoliticsNGR signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Olobondiyan, the party claims that INEC has failed to comply with the court order.
The statement read; “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) informs Nigerians that the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), led by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has refused to obey the March 6, 2019 ruling of the Appeal Court, directing it to allow our party and the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, access to inspect the documents and materials used in the rigged February 23, 2019 Presidential election.”
The statement also alleged that the commission was working hand in hand with the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC;
“This is a deliberate and wicked ploy by INEC, acting in cahoots with the All Progressives Congress (APC), to frustrate the people-backed resolve by Atiku Abubakar and the PDP to timeously file and mention our petition at the Presidential election Tribunal, and by so doing, ambush the case.”
The party claims that despite several attempts to get the commission to allow Alhaji Atiku Abubakar access to the materials for inspection, the commission has not been cooperative.
The PDP called on Nigerians to be aware and closely follow the activities of the commission as regard to this case; “The leadership of INEC and the APC are seeking to frustrate our court option, seeing that the documents and materials will expressly show that Atiku Abubakar clearly won the election by the votes directly delivered at the polling units across the country as well as expose how the commission and the Buhari Presidency manipulated the results for President Buhari.”
“The PDP cautions the INEC to note that Nigerians are now aware of its manipulative tendencies and that any further delay in granting access to the materials might attract public odium.” the statement read.