Governors Elected on the Platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP have expressed ‘no confidence’ in the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to COnduct a Free and Fair Election exercise in 2019.
The Governors accused the National Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and the National Commissioner of INEC, Mrs. Amina Zakari of being biased adding that the commission has conducted itself as a tool of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The PDP governors arrived made this public after a meeting held in Abuja on Sunday night. The meeting, which ended in the early hours of Monday, was held at the Ekiti State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro.
The Chairman of the Forum, who is also the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, signed the communiqué of the meeting on behalf of his colleagues.
The communiqué read in part, “The forum noted that INEC needs to reinvent itself as a truly independent umpire of the electoral process in the country.
“For now, we have no confidence in INEC. The commission has conducted itself as a tool of the APC-led Federal Government, especially with the roles of the Chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu, and a National Commissioner, Mrs. Amina Zakari.”
The governors also condemned the alleged politicisation of security agencies in the country by the Federal Government.
The governor said, “The PDP Governors’ Forum condemns in strong terms the politicisation of security agencies in the country by the Federal Government.
“We observe that security agencies have become organs and tools of the APC-led Federal Government to harass and intimidate the opposition and dissenting voices.
“The Forum decries the use of security agencies to perpetrate electoral fraud as it happened in Ekiti, Osun and Rivers states, and urged them to be non-partisan in the performance of their duties in accordance with the provisions of the constitution.”