The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to immediately clear the air on information given to the public by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The party alleged that two INEC staff have been suspended and are under investigation for manipulating the election results from two local councils in favour of the APC. The Publicity Secretary of APC, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, yesterday, accused the PDP of ascribing its offences to its intended victim, the APC. “It is on record that on 8 August, 2014, vigilant youths arrested a truck-full of ballot papers to be used for the governorship election on 9 August, 2014. This was widely reported. Two persons in charge of the vehicle who were arrested included the Electoral Officer of Obokun Local Government in Osun State, Segun Eshilokun and Ismaila Taofik, who were in possession
“Later, the duo were released to Oladipo Oladapo, a PDP chieftain from Ile-Ife, without any charge brought against them. The order to release them was simply said to have come ‘from above’. It was pursuant to this that we wrote a petition to INEC for the matter to be duly investigated and the culprits brought to book,” the statement said. Oyatomi added that the second INEC official, who has just been suspended, was the electoral officer for Osogbo Local Government, a card-carrying member of the PDP.
Oyatomi explained that the suspension of the INEC staff was pursuant to APC’s petition.
He added that but for prompt intervention by Ambassador Wali, the INEC National Commissioner in charge, APC agents would have been completely excluded from most polling units in Osogbo Local Government during the last election