Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is working for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governors alleged that the commission had conducted itself as a tool of the APC-led Federal Government.

The governors specifically accused the National Chairman of the commission, Prof Mahmud Yakubu, and a National Commissioner of INEC, Amina Zakari, as being involved in the alleged biased roles of the electoral body.

The PDP governors arrived at these positions after their meeting, which was held in Abuja on Sunday (September 9th) night.

The meeting, which ended in the early hours of Monday, September 10th, was held at the Ekiti State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro.

The Chairman of the Forum, who is also the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, signed the communiqué of the meeting on behalf of his colleagues.

The communiqué read in part:

“For now, we have no confidence in INEC. The commission has conducted itself as a tool of the APC-led Federal Government, especially with the roles of the Chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu, and a National Commissioner, Mrs Amina Zakari.”

The governors also condemned the alleged politicisation of security agencies in the country by the Federal Government.

They claimed that the Federal Government had been using the security agencies to enhance electoral fraud in states such as Ekiti, Osun and Rivers.

On the alleged release of N16bn to Osun State from the Paris Club refund by the Federal Government, the PDP governors alleged that the money was meant to induce voters ahead of the September 22 governorship election in the state.

“The Forum condemned the surreptitious, selective and suspicious payment of N16bn purportedly from the Paris Club refund. We are of the view that the money is to fund corrupt inducement of voters in the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State on September 22, 2018,” the communiqué added.

The governors also condemned the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the amended electoral bill into law.

With this, the governors said the President had indicated that he and his party “are afraid of electronic voting or the introduction of technology into the electoral system.”

On the 13 presidential aspirants of the party, who have picked the party’s presidential nomination and expression of interest forms, the governors said that they would soon have a meeting with them.

The meeting, they said, would also be attended by the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, two other national officers and leaders of the party in both chambers of the National Assembly.

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