Bayelsa poll: Senior INEC official working for PDP â€“ Sylva
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives
Congress (APC) in the December 5 governorship
election, Chief Timipre Sylva, on Sunday alleged
that a senior member of the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state is an
agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking through his campaign team, Sylva/Igiri
Campaign Organisation (SICO), the former
governor said he had been inundated with calls
about a particular member of the commission who
is sympathetic to the aspirations of PDP.
SICO in a statement signed by its Publicity Director,
Chief Nathan Egba, said the INEC official whose
name was not mentioned worked closely with the
appointees of the state Governor, Mr. Seriake
Dickson, in the last National Assembly and House
of Assembly elections.
Egba said: â€œWe have been inundated with calls and
reports about a particular senior member of the
commission in the state headquarters who is a PDP
agent because of the role he played in the last
Presidential, National Assembly and State House of
Assembly elections by working closely with
appointees of Governor Dickson.â€
He also asked INEC to follow the laid down rules in
the accreditation of election monitors and
observers for the election.
He added: â€œThis is coming on the heels of the
purported public endorsement of Governor Seriake
Dickson of the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP), for
another term by over 400 Non-Governmental
Organisations in the state.
â€œWe urge INEC to be wary of such NGOs that had
become political and publicly identify with a
particular candidate in the election.
â€œThe APC had obtained the comprehensive list of
the NGOs and called on INEC not to make mistake
in considering applications from any of their
members to serve as either monitors or observers
in the December 5 election.
â€œWhile our campaign organisation is irrevocably
committed to ensuring peaceful and credible poll,
the electoral body must also purge some of its staff
and personnel who are believed to be showing
sympathy to the ruling party in the state.â€
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