Nigeria: PDP Accuses INEC of Hoarding Election Result Sheets

16 February 2019

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of hoarding the presidential and senatorial election result sheets.

The party, in a statement, yesterday, also alleged that PDP agents are being denied the INEC accreditation and identification cards, "ostensibly to shut them out of the election monitoring process and allow the All Progressives Congress (APC) a field day to manipulate the process."

The statement, signed by PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said its monitoring and intelligence show that INEC has been distributing sensitive election materials in most states of the federation without the presidential and senatorial election result sheets.

"The development is already heightening tension and suspicion of underhand method by the commission to open the elections for manipulations and allow the APC to enter fictitious results for onward transmission to collation centres.

"Intelligence available to us indicates that this is part of the plot for which President Muhammadu Buhari's relation by marriage, Mrs Amina Zakari, has been retained as the head of the INEC collation centre.

"The PDP, therefore, cautions INEC to show its impartiality by immediately releasing the presidential and senatorial election result sheets as well as the accreditation cards. Any further delay will be a clear recipe for crisis as Nigerians are already highly agitated over the matter.

"INEC should note that Nigerians are very anxious about this election and any action that, in anyway, portrays or tends to portray the process as being manipulated is capable of triggering a crisis of unprecedented proportion in our country," the PDP declared.

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