Osun Election: APC demands prosecution of INEC officials ‘suspended’ over malpractice

All Progressives Congress

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to clear the air over claims that two of its staff suspended for alleged electoral offences were working with the party.

In a statement by Kunle Oyatomi, APC’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy; Wednesday, the party called for the immediate prosecution of the two officials.

“It is unfortunate that the Peoples Democratic Party handlers have gone to town manipulating facts and placing their offences on their intended victim, the All Progressives Congress,” said Mr. Oyatomi.

“It is on record that on 8 August, 2014, vigilant youths arrested a truck-full of ballot papers to be used for the gubernatorial election on 9 August, 2014 and this was widely reported. The two persons in charge of the vehicle who were arrested were the Electoral Officer of Obokun Local Government in Osun State, Segun Eshilokun, and one Ismaila Taofik who were in possession of the electoral materials before INEC started the distribution of materials.

“The two culprits were handed over to the police and were taken to the State CID in Osogbo.

“Later, the two of them were released to one Oladipo Oladapo, a PDP chieftain from Ile-Ife without any charge brought against them. The order to release them was simply said to have come ‘from above’. It was pursuant to this that we wrote a petition to INEC for the matter to be duly investigated and the culprits brought to book,” Mr. Oyatomi added.

Several media reports on Tuesday had quoted an unnamed source close to Iyiola Omisore, the PDP’s candidate in the election, as saying that the INEC suspended the officials for selling ballot papers to the APC, manipulation of form EC8 series to favour the APC as well as voiding of PDP votes counted in favour of the APC.

But Mr. Oyatomi faulted the claims, adding that one of the suspended INEC officials, the Electoral Officer for Osogbo Local Government, was a card-carrying member of the PDP.

“The suspension was pursuant to our petition complaining of several malpractices against this individual who connived to manipulate the election in favour of PDP on the 9th of August, 2014 when he released only 64 identification tags to APC polling agents out of a total of 227 that was due to be given to our agents,” Mr. Oyatomi said.

“The implication was that APC agents were then denied access to their polling units until the accreditation process was over and, if not for prompt intervention by Ambassador Wali, the INEC National Commissioner in charge, APC agents would have been completely excluded from most polling units in Osogbo Local Government.

“Later in the day after the conclusion of the election, the same Electoral Officer for Osogbo Local Government refused to produce the Form EC8C customized for Osogbo Local Government and in which the collated results of the various Wards in Osogbo were to be recorded.

Upon our complaint, INEC issued this corrupt official another query and was given a one-hour ultimatum to produce the form. It was pursuant to this that he grudgingly produced the form and the results were recorded and announced,” he added.

Mr. Oyatomi described as “disconcerting” the attempt to accuse his party of colluding with the electoral officials.

“This is just a shoddy job to corrupt public opinion and augment their unfortunate election petition which is doomed to fail. It is certain that Segun Eshinlokun was working for PDP when he was nabbed by the ever-vigilant APC members who knew the fraudulent intention of the PDP ahead of the election,” Mr. Oyatomi said.

“It was also certain that the Electoral Officer for Osogbo Local Government knew that the people of Osogbo and its environs were going to give the largest votes to APC and hence his devilish determination to assist Iyiola Omisore to subvert popular democracy.

“We wish to place on record that it is most irresponsible journalism for a section in the media to gleefully give fillip to falsehood without proper investigation.

“The stories above were well known ahead of the unfortunate publications of 3 September, 2014 where the section of the media under reference joyously committed perfidy by making the victim the accused rather than joining hands to condemn an electoral evil which is destroying the society.

“We call on the relevant authorities in INEC to note that the acts perpetrated by the Electoral Officers of Obokun and Osogbo Local Governments are criminal in nature. The steps to be taken should not be limited to administrative discipline but the two culprits must be prosecuted.

“They were out to give INEC a bad name in order to satisfy their gusto for filthy lucre,” he added.


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  • redeem

    APC–DOES IT INCLUDE THIS?—————————-

    The Department for State SECURITY Services (DSS) said the rejection of N14
    Million from governor Rauf Aregbeshola and the All Progressives Congress
    (APC) by its operatives in Osun state is responsible for the recent MEDIA
    ATTACK on the on the DSS.

    Spokesperson of the DSS Marilyn Ogar MADE the revelation today while
    briefing newsmen in Abuja TODAY.

    “The APC is making unfounded allegations on the DSS because our OPERATIVE
    rejected at total of N14 million extended to its officials.

    “They had requested the DSS to come and COLLECT N4 million for himself
    while N10 Million should be given to the boys , but our OPERATIVES
    rejected the offer.”

    ” Politicians can not entice our operatives with MONEY , we are well paid
    by the federal government so no body can entice us with MONEY no matter
    the amount. We are paid upfront before embaking on such operations; we
    spent N200 million preparing for the election so let no politician think
    they can entice us with MONEY.–Dem wan hide am abi

    • ola

      You have no substance. Don’t be deceived about this PDP palaver. You all be surprised when the outcome of the investigation comes out that INEC officials colluded to manipulate the governorship election. Try as much as possible to look for the authentic information before you started spreading virus.

      • redeem

        OLD BOY I ONLY ASKED A QUESTION–ARE THEY GOING TO INVESTIGATE THE 14M BRIBERY SCANDAL–INVOLVING AREGBESHOLA—————YES OR NO–IF NO WHY NOT—-A CASE OF—–KETTLE CALLING POT BLACK ABI——-U THINK THESE DSS PEOPLE ARE FOOLS–DON’T HAVE THE EVIDENCE ABI

        • ola

          Then I direct you question to the DSS that if the agency has any evidence to prosecute whoever involved in this uncultured act should face the music. For DSS to keep mute shows that the agency was just jittery of themselves. The agency raised the alarm in order to justify the injustice done to the electorates in the last governorship election in State of Osun. We should all critically look at the issues on hand. For our society to strive stronger, these agencies should attain their responsibilities.

  • TRUST

    INEC:

    JEGA cannot be TRUSTED for the 2015 General ELECTION,YES he cannot be TRUSTED because he seems to be BIAS this time,He CREATED new 30,000 booths to the NORTH.

    How many NEW boots has he APPROVED to the SOUTH-WEST,SOUTH-EAST and others.

    There must be equity on new Boot Creation otherwise HE MUST BE REMOVED for Transparency NOW.

    How about the Permanent Voters Card(PVC)how many has received theirs or even know of it,a lot of people don’t even know of this invention and yet no awareness campaign has been organized to boost the demand for the new PVC,which will be USED for the ELECTION.

    ZONAL ALLOCATION OF VOTING UNITS:((((BOOTH))))
    North West -7, 906

    North East – 5, 291

    North Central – 6,318

    FCT – 1,120

    South West – 4,160

    South South – 3,087

    South East – 1,167

    HE HAS STARTED THE RIGGING ALREADY,IF YOU DON’T REGISTER TO OWN THE PVC,HOW WOULD YOU VOTE,THE REGISTRATION IS SUPPOSED TO BE A CONTINUOUS PROCESS UNTIL END OF THE YEAR,MAYBE,NOT SUPPOSED TO BE LIMITED WHILE A LOT OF ELECTORATE ARE ON SUMMER VACATION..

    DID HE – JEGA SEND FOR PVC REGISTRATION TO ALL EMBASSIES OF NIGERIA….THIS MAN CANNOT BE TRUSTED FOR THIS ELECTION,HE NEED TO BE CHANGED AND MUST BE NOW………………

    Enough is Enough

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