PDP slams INEC, AGF, over election conspiracy
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for the immediate resignation of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Malami Abubakar for displaying partisanship and misleading the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Oliseh Metuh who made this call stated his party was shocked that INEC, “a supposedly independent electoral umpire could allow itself to succumb to the antics of the APC by following the unlawful directive of an obviously partisan AGF to substitute a candidate in the middle of the ballot process.”
The AGF had advised INEC to allowed the APC to substitute late Audu Abubakar in the supplementary election scheduled for December 5, contrary to the constitutional and Electoral Act provision.
Audu died on Sunday November 22, after INEC declared the Kogi Poll as inconclusive.
While reacting to the AGF’s position on the matter, Metuh said:
- “We are all aware that the two legal documents guiding INEC in the conduct of elections; the Constitution and the Electoral Act, have provisions for electoral exigencies as well as empower the electoral body to fully take responsibility for any of its actions or inaction without undue interference from any quarters whatsoever.
“We are, therefore, at a loss as to which sections of these two relevant laws, INEC and the AGF relied on in arriving at their bizarre decision to substitute a dead candidate in an on-going election even after the timelines for such has elapsed under all the rules.
“INEC as a statutory body has the full complements of technical hands in its legal department to advice it appropriately and we wonder why it had to wait for directives from the AGF, an external party, if not for partisan and subjective interest.
“The clear implication of this action of the AGF and INEC is that the APC would be fielding two different governorship candidates in the on-going Kogi election, meaning that INEC would be transferring votes cast for late Prince Abubakar Audu to another candidate, scenarios that have no place in the constitution of the land.
“This INEC under the leadership of Professor Mahmood Yakubu has shown itself as partisan, morally bankrupt and obviously incapable of conducting a credible election within our laws.
“In view of the foregoing therefore, the PDP demands an immediate resignation of the INEC Chairman, as the nation’s democracy cannot afford to be left in the hands of an electoral umpire that cannot exert its independence and the sanctity of the electoral process.”