A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Timi Frank, has revealed an alleged plot by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to rig the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State.
Frank, who recently left the ruling party for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, called on INEC to be fair to all political parties participating in the election. He said there was a grand plan by the electoral body in connivance with the ruling APC to deploy faulty Card Reader Machines to the identified strongholds of major opposition parties in the state to deprive voters opportunity to exercise their franchise and subsequently reduce the votes of the opposition parties.
In a statement signed in Abuja on Wednesday, Frank described the latest plot as a scientific rigging developed by the ruling APC, calling on all observers to Osun election to take note of the rigging style. Frank warned the INEC boss, Mammud Yakubu to either desist from the plot or step aside if he cannot disobey the APC in the interest of justice, stating that information gathered from multiple sources in INEC revealed the plan.
“The latest rigging method was first used in Ekiti governorship election, where the APC won with 19000 votes and INEC cancelled over 19000 votes as a result of faulty machines in the strongholds of the People Democratic Party (PDP),” Frank’s statement said. “The people of Osun should be alerted to the latest method and resist to vote until faulty Card Reader is changed wherever because the plan is to cancel such places where Card Reader malfunction.
“We are also calling on local and international observers to be conscious of this information ahead of Saturday election. “Nigerians should be worried that if the INEC could not deploy functional Card Readers and other machines to conduct peaceful and credible elections in just one state of the federation despite the huge amount of money the body is getting, what is the assurance that the same body will be fair to all in 2019?
“One would begin to suspect whether the latest rigging method is what is giving the APC assurance and the reason why its leaders are boasting of winning the yet to be conducted election already.”