Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday cautioned the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, over the deployment of extra national commissioners as well as Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), from other states, to Kogi and Bayelsa for the November 16 governorship elections in the two states.
PDP alleged that some of these INEC officials were known to have “integrity issues” that were “capable of triggering crisis and jeopardising the credibility of the electoral process.”
The party said: It is instructive to let the INEC hierarchy to know that the PDP already has a due diligence report on each of the commissioners.
“Our party recognises that while some are of clean records in their previous responsibilities, there are others who are known to be of questionable character and fared far below expectations in their responsibility.”
PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, added that it’s “important to state that Kogi and Bayelsa elections present an opportunity for INEC to show that it has become committed to free, fair and credible election without being influenced or manipulated.”
The party tasked the INEC chairman to “rescue whatever is left of the commission’s image with these elections by allowing the will of the people to prevail.”