The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said that some officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and some All Progresive Party (APC) officials had map out plans to delist Kogi PDP governorship candidate, Engr. Musa Wada, from contesting the November 16th 2019 governorship election in the State.
Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, The PDP National Publicity Secretary, disclose this during a media briefing in Abuja, he said the plot to delist Wada from the race, is to make Governor Yahaya Bello, who is the governorship candidate of the APC, to become the only candidate for the election.
in his statement, he said INEC and APC’s plot was to change INEC’s Monitoring Report.
“Of course, this plot is dead on arrival, as our candidate, Musa Wada, remains duly nominated through the statutory processes of our primary, which was well covered in the Monitoring Report released by INEC.
“The PDP cautions that any attempt to tamper with his candidature will trigger the wrath of the people. The PDP is however aware of every stage in this conspiracy against Kogi State as well as the actors involved. Already, our party is working with the people of Kogi to stop them.” Mr Kola Ologbondiyan said
The PDP spokesman also claimed that the conspirators had recruited 205 APC loyalists, who, he said they were being trained at Muslim Community School, Lokoja to impersonate National Youth Service Corps members as Polling and Electoral Officers in designated areas to allegedly enable the APC and INEC to manipulate the process in such areas.
But INEC chaiman Chief Press Secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, in an interview with one of the Punch correspondents, described the PDP’s allegation as false and baseless.
he said the INEC officials would never have a secret meeting with any members of political party.
“The allegations by the PDP are untrue and baseless. Officials of INEC have not and will never meet with members of any political party in secret or in isolation of other political parties in Kogi State.
“We are very busy at the moment preparing on all fronts for the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states and there is simply no room for secret meetings with political actors.
“Let all political actors demonstrate maturity and civility and please move away from any act capable of inciting the public unnecessarily against INEC over cooked-up stories.” he said