Yesterday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raised an alarm over what it called the deployment of extra-national commissioners as well as the Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs, from other states to Kogi and Bayelsa for the November 16 governorship elections.
The party said, “It is instructive to let the Independent National Electoral Commission, the INEC hierarchy, know that the PDP already has a due diligence report on each of the Commissioners.”
In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said: “Our party recognizes that while some are clean records in their previous responsibilities, others are known to be of questionable character and far below expectations in their responsibilities.”
The PDP warned INEC Chief Prof. Mahmood Yakubu that “the deployment of officials with known integrity issues is capable of triggering a crisis and endangering the credibility of the electoral process.
“It is also important to state that the elections in Kogi and Bayelsa are an opportunity for INEC to demonstrate that it has committed itself to a free, fair and credible election without being influenced or manipulated.”