The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) allow expert independent auditors to verify the state of all election materials returned as a result of the postponement of the 2019 general elections.
Uche Secondus, the PDP National Chairman, said this in a letter dated February 17, 2019, and addressed to Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to the letter, which was made available to journalists on Monday, the PDP recommended that two independent auditors: KPMG and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), be allowed to inspect all the sensitive and non-sensitive materials returned to the various branches of the Central Bank of Nigeria across the federation to ascertain the security and safety of the election materials.
“We asked and you agreed to independent verification that sensitive materials returned to the CBN offices at state levels have not been tampered with.
“We believe it makes sense to appoint one company to verify both issues or, on the issue of sensitive materials, we can use the party officials and observers,” the letter read.
The opposition party noted that upon the choice of either audit firms by the electoral commission, would agree to the methodology and the minimum number of units to represent a statistically significant number.
The PDP asked INEC to commission the audit firm of its choice by Monday (today) since the rescheduled polls are just a week away.
The party also asked INEC to confirm that Activate Technology, reportedly belonging to an APC senatorial candidate in Niger State, would not participaqte in the reconfiguration of the Smart Card Readers (SCRs).
It also asked the electoral commission chairman to identify those who he claimed attempted to sabotage the conduct of the general elections.
“Finally, at the Press conference, you stated that you have evidence of ‘sabotage.’ We would be grateful if you could confirm the specific incidents you have identified?” the letter read.