The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council for Edo State on Friday accused Adams Oshiomhole and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of planning with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Commissioner, Dr Mustapha Leeky to rig the forthcoming gubernatorial election.
In a statement, State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chris Osa Nehikhare, said Dr Mustapha Leeky, was acting the script of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, towards subverting the will of the Edo electorate in the September 19, 2020 governorship election.
“We are constrained to bring to the notice of Edo people, Nigerians and all lovers of democracy, steps being taken by an Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) National Commissioner, Dr Mustapha Leeky, who is acting the script of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, towards subverting the will of the Edo electorate in the September 19, 2020 governorship election.
“Dr Leeky, working with Oshiomhole and the candidate of the APC, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, is disrupting the process for the engagement of the various Ad-hoc staff to be used by INEC in the polls,” Nehikhare said.
He further stated that the time-honoured tradition, which mandates that all political parties involved in the electioneering process submit names of persons to be used as Ad-hoc staff was being abused by Dr Leeky and his collaborators in the APC.
“Dr ķLeeky, it has been gathered, has skewed the process to ensure it favours one party, whereby the final list released for training of the adhoc staff has a ratio of 10:1, between the APC and all other parties.
“Specifically, what has transpired in the recruitment of these persons is such that:
“The Polling Officers (PO), who are supposed to be serving National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) members have been changed and Oshiomhole and Ize-Iyamu are nominating people, most of whom are not youth corps members, to fill these positions to actualize their plans to rig the election.
“The Supervisory Polling Officers are also being engaged by Dr. Leeky to serve the interest of the APC.
“For the Collation Officers (CO), Dr. Leeky has been influencing the engagement of persons, with personal ties with Oshiomhole and Ize-Iyamu, to rig the election in favour of the APC during the polls and undermine the electoral process,” Nehikhare added.
The spokesperson of the PDP also accused Dr Leeky of working within the INEC to get its officials to cheat the system.
“It is unfortunate that the APC has lost the hope of getting elected through the ballot and are working with Dr Leeky and others in the INEC to subvert the will of the people.
“While we have confidence in the INEC as an institution, we are calling on them to rein in Dr Leeky and his likes, in order to have an election that would uphold the will of the people and one that they can be proud of,” he said.
The PDP called on the INEC leadership to review the process of selecting these officials and requested that Dr Leeky excuse himself from the process as his activities have been revealed to be threatening the integrity of the process, which would taint the outcome of the election.