Adams Oshiomholoe, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has blasted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the postponement of the 2019 general elections.
Speaking at an emergency APC national caucus meeting in Abuja on Monday following the polls rescheduling, Oshiomhole lamented that “INEC violated our confidence and must try to convince us to regain it again.”
He also demanded that the electoral commission must provide the APC with whatever reasons it must have profferred to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP0 concerning the postponement.
The APC National Chairman alleged that the PDP has been unusually quiet and surprisingly commended INEC over the postponement of the elections.
Oshiomhole said: “Whatever information INEC conveyed to PDP, they ought to have conveyed it to us.
“What INEC is doing in collusion with PDP is to get PDP to be shouting ‘they want INEC chairman removed. The more I listened to the explanation from INEC chairman, the more disgusted I was. If it was just about disgust, I can manage my feelings; it raises my suspicion about who is behind this agenda.”
“The more explanations INEC chairman did, the more questions that were left unanswered. I think INEC deserves to make explanation to us, not because we a are a governing party but because we are a major player.”
Oshiomhole said the APC as the ruling party remains committed to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.
He explained that he would have supported the clamour for the removal of Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC Chairman, but noted that he would be playing into the hands of the PDP and its National Chairman, Uche Secondus.
“Our commitment to democracy is non-negotiable; our people’s determination to elect Mr President is not at the mercy of any institution, including INEC.
“If you ask me, I will say as APC chairman too, I second (PDP National Chairman) Uche Secondus. I have no difficulty in seconding Secondus to have a new INEC chairman if that is what it takes to have a credible election. But this is fake,” Oshiomhole said.