Underaged Voting: PDP Asks INEC Chairman To Resign
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has passed a vote of no confidence on the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu over incidences of underaged voting in the just-concluded local government election in Kano State.
It therefore asked the chairman to resign.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, condemned the electoral body for refusing to take decisive steps to correct the anomalies in the voters register.
The party therefore called for the immediate re-validation of the voters' registers in Kano and Katsina States.
“INEC under the current leadership of Professor Mahmoud Yakubu cannot be trusted to conduct free and fair 2019 exercise.
“Nigerians have completely lost confidence in INEC under Yakubu and we urge him to take the path of honour and do the needful before it becomes too late,” Ologbondiyan stated.
He emphasised that the sanitization of the voters register must be carried out under the supervision of all political parties, credible associations, reputable Non-Governmental Organisations as well as the international community.
The party also faulted the call by the electoral body, asking the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to partner with it to monitor campaign finances ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The opposition party described the call as an abdication of responsibility on the part of the Commission, adding that such functions are within the purview of the electoral umpire, as stipulated in the 2010 Election Act (as amended).
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“Also, the plan by INEC to ask EFCC to help them monitor campaign funds is clearly an illegal and Machiavellian way of suppressing opposition’s financial contribution and spending. It is a plot to detain, defame, intimidate and illegally block bank accounts of opposition members under the pretext that they have been mandated by INEC to monitor campaign funds.
“It is trite law that ‘delegatus non potest delegare’. INEC and only INEC has the statutory duty to monitor campaign funds. The commission ca
nnot delegate this function to any other government agency.
“Nigerians have completely lost confidence in INEC under Mahmood Yakubu and we urge him to take the path of honour and do the needful before it becomes too late,” he stated.
He also raised the alarm over plans by the APC-led Federal Government to manipulate performance indices in critical sectors of the economy to hoodwink Nigerians ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The government, he alleged, is also seeking to procure international endorsement as a propaganda tool in the forthcoming poll.
The party spokesperson pointed out that agents of government have infiltrated federal ministries and agencies with fake performance figures.