– The PDP governors’ forum has raised the alarm that the APC was planning to rig the forthcoming Ondo election
– The party warned INEC not to repeat what happened in the Edo governorship election
– The forum also asked President Buhari to direct the commission to be fair in the election
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum claims the All Progressives Congress (APC) is planning to rig the forthcoming Ondo governorship election.
The party which raised the alarm on Monday, October 31, said it was aware of APC plans to win the Ondo election by all means, including getting help from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a statement by its secretary, Patrick Okon, the governors’ forum asked President Muhammdu Buhari to direct the electoral commission to be fair in the conduct of forthcoming election, Daily Trust reports.
“We are warning that we will not fold our arms to watch this impunity and day-time robbery.
“INEC is an umpire and should play its role very well so that the electorate will have confidence in it.
“From the way things are going, the people are already losing confidence in the commission,” the statement read.
The forum also called for overhaul of the commission, adding that it should stick to its electoral mandate and not subvert the law of the land.
“INEC should conduct itself very well in this forthcoming Ondo state governorship election to avoid a repeat of what happened in Edo election,” it said.
INEC had on Thursday published the name of Jimoh Ibrahim, nominated by embattled factional national chairman of PDP, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction, as the party’s candidate for the election.
The commission cited the order from Justice Okon Abang of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court as the reason for publishing Ibrahim’s name.
The development did not go down well with majority of members of the party, who had in a primary supervised by INEC, elected Eyitayo Jegede, nominated by the Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee of the party as candidate for the election.
A PDP chieftain, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being the brain behind the controversial emergence of Ibrahim as the candidate of the party.