Buhari Vs Atiku: Oshiomhole ‘reveals who INEC is working for ahead of elections’ - Islanders Magazine


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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Buhari Vs Atiku: Oshiomhole ‘reveals who INEC is working for ahead of elections’

Ahead of the general elections, the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, on Wednesday accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of working with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Oshiomhole said the electoral umpire was unfair to the ruling party.
The APC Chairman alleged that the electoral body believe everything that PDP says, adding that two Resident Electoral Commissioners are “campaigning line by line” with the PDP in the South South.

Speaking with The Nation, the former Edo State governor, however, assured that INEC will not be brought down because the APC believes that state institutions should be allowed to perform their functions.
He said “If anything, this INEC has been very unfair to the APC. But we just discovered that we have a responsibility. The fact that we are a governing party imposes on us a certain level of code that you can’t be seen to rubbish every institution because if we rubbish everything, it would mean that we don’t want election. INEC believe everything the PDP says.

“As we speak, there are two Resident Electoral Commissioners who are virtually campaigning line by line with the PDP in the south South. INEC, without giving us any explanation and without any concrete evidence went ahead to say we can’t field candidates in Zamfara, thereby seeking to award, without any context and nullify democracy in Zamfara state.

“Is that the way your friends behave if they are your friends. INEC is working more for the PDP, based on evidence I can show. How can they explain that a court of competent jurisdiction gave orders in Zamfara to say this candidate is eligible to contest election and another high court in Abuja also gave a verdict saying APC did not conclude its primaries but did not give order to INEC.

“There is no order issued by the Federal High Court in Abuja. The court of Appeal made a pronouncement on this matter today that there was no order from the court in Abuja, but that there was a concrate order from a Zamfara High Court which upheld the primaries that was conducted in Zamfara.

“The INEC Chairman has said that when there are two court orders, they will adopt the last judgement. In Zamfara state, the Abuja judgement came first and the Zamfara judgment came last even though it is the same say.

“More as INEC has said they will always obey the last judgement when it came to the Zamfara issue, they changed the goal post. As media, you have to be careful. When you say people alleged there were meetings and can’t even cite any, it is a disservice. We have been at the receiving end of abuse.

“There is a candidate in Kano whose nomination we forwarded to INEC, but they changed the nomination and as we speak, we are in court over that. We showed our evidence.

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