As the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, prepares to release the Voters’ Register on Tuesday, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has demanded a complete, rather than piecemeal, release of the register for all the states of the federation, as required by law.
In a statement issued in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said it would not accept anything less than a complete release of the Voters’ Register under any circumstance.
“If on Tuesday January 13th 2015, the date INEC plans to make public the Voters’ Register, that of the South-west and other key states are held back, our party will reject whatever lists comes later,” it warned. “Anything short of a complete release of the Voters’ Register will raise the suspicion that some forces are working to manipulate the register of some states where the opposition has strong followership.”
The opposition party charged that some agents of the presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were penetrating INEC to manipulate Voters’ Registers of some of its, APC, strongholds.
“The APC is aware of the penetration of INEC by top agents of the PDP and the Presidency in order to manipulate the Voters’ Register of the entire South-western States, as well as Rivers, Kano, Imo and other key states where APC enjoys wide followership.
”It is common knowledge that a key rigging strategy by the ruling party is the injection of fake voters into the official Voters’ Register. This is why we are raising this alert, so that Nigerians will understand where we are coming from when we reject the release of any Voters’ Register that does not meet the provisions of the law,” it said.
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