Indication has emerged that the Independent National Electoral Commissions(INEC) may still be the target of another serious attack.
This came as the main opposition party in Sokoto State gave a hint of the alleged plots by some elements to attack the Headquarters of the electoral umpire.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Sokoto State on Monday, cried out on alleged plans by some persons to set the Sokoto State Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commissions(INEC) ablaze, Daily Trust reports.
This was contained in a statement by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Sambo Bello Danchadi and made available to journalist in Sokoto. The statement said: “Reliable information reaching the leadership of the Sokoto state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has it that some mischievous elements are holding clandestine meetings with a view to planning how to set the Sokoto state headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on fire.”
It added that: “The purpose of this nefarious action is to destroy all the available evidences that will be required in the ongoing Sokoto state governorship Election Petition Tribunal.”
APC stressed that it viewed the development with very serious concern, noting that “it is intended to derail the course of justice, negatively impact on our nascent democracy and endanger peace and unity in our dear state.”
It therefore, appealed to all the security agencies to note the development and take urgent appropriate measures to ensure that the Sokoto state office of the INEC and the documents contained therein are protected.
It will be recalled that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State was declared winner of the governor election that took place in the state after beating Ahmed Aliyu of the APC.
The APC had rejected the outcome and headed to court to challenge Tambuwal’s victory.
In another development, the PDP has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, against plunging the nation into what it termed “monumental crisis.”
The PDP said INEC should retrace its steps and obey the Presidential Election Tribunal which ordered it to release the election materials used for the conduct of the February 23, 2019, presidential poll for its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his legal team to inspect.
Atiku had contested against President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the election. However, President Buhari was declared winner of the presidential election by the electoral umpire.
PDP and Atiku rejected the outcome and went to court to challenge it. The party is now insisting that INEC should release the materials used for the election to it for inspection.
The party, in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said INEC was allegedly standing in the way of justice and frustrating the PDP’s petition. “The continued refusal of INEC to release the electoral materials to the PDP and our legal team is completely provocative and shows that the commission is working in cahoots with the APC and the Buhari Presidency to frustrate the PDP, our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and majority of Nigerians from retrieving our mandate at the tribunal.
“INEC and the APC are apprehensive that the materials, particularly the forms EC8D and EC40G covering the nation in addition to the report of the Smart Card Readers used in the presidential election will show at the tribunal that the PDP and Atiku Abubakar clearly won the presidential election,” the PDP said.
The matter is still in court. The electoral body is yet to comply with the order of the court and PDP’s demand concerning the matter.
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