APC 'Seconds' Secondus' Call For Resignation Of INEC Chairman
Again, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has blamed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the postponement of the general election, this time with a twist.
The APC supports the opposition party's call for the resignation of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu.
It appears for the first time, the ruling party and the opposition are agreeing on an issue.
On Monday, APC held a caucus meeting and talks focused on the postponement of elections, what went wrong and then crowned it with the blame game.
Addressing the gathering, the chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, said it had become glaring that the electoral body was colluding with people to manipulate the electoral process.
It was the opposition, PDP he pointed fingers at giving analogies to support his claims.
"We have complained to INEC to reflect on the need to move some officers who have stayed too long in some key locations as to become parts and parcel of the establishments in those locations and may not be able to conduct a free and fair election.
"We have pointed out some Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) who have become so comfortable in their new residencies that they are are close to state authorities in their respective states," he claimed.
The chairman of APC further highlighted that INEC leadership in the past would take action and redeploy 'compromised' officials, but regretted that the current leadership of INEC had refused to act on such concerns.
"The more you complain about a compromised officer the more the INEC is determined to keep the officer in the location.
"I can put my hand on the Holy Quran and can prove that INEC leadership knew that they were going to postpone the election and shared this information with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and advised them not to waste their resources while pretending to us that they are on top of the situation.
"Any time you raise concerns they will say they are on top of the situation."
Mr Oshiomhole insisted that whatever information the INEC had should have been shared with the APC and not just the PDP.
He described the call for resignation of the INEC chairman by the PDP as a fake attack and insisted that INEC had a relationship with the opposition party.
"As APC chairman too, I second Secondus (Chairman of the PDP) to have a new INEC chairman if that is what we need to have a credible election.
"It is a fake questioning.
"When I listen to Secondus talking about removing the INEC chairman and then listen to another member of the party commending INEC for courage for postponing the election, it shows the contradiction that this INEC leadership is up for a game.
"It is time for us, as the ruling party, to direct INEC to do what it has to do or face huge consequences," he said.
The Chairman of APC also alleged that some persons wanted to get to power through a short cut and had engaged in manipulating the process.
At the caucus meeting of the APC were President Muhammadu Buhari, and the national leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu.
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