Underage voters: INEC’s admission vindicates us – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the admission of existence of underage voters in its voter register by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has vindicated the position of the party.
The party in a statement yesterday also rejected moves by the indicted commission to unilaterally clean up the discredited register and eliminate the minors without involving all stakeholders including political parties in the process.
The party through the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged that the INEC has been instructed by the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to retain the underage voters. The party said this rape on democracy will be made particularly rampant in Katsina and Kano states and other porous states where they plot to use them to rig election for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
The statement reads: “INEC has been compromised by the APC clearly demonstrated in their earlier spirited denials of existence of underage voters in the register.
Nigerians are aware that INEC only admitted the illegality following preponderance of incontestable documentary evidences exposed by the PDP. “Furthermore, we are already aware of other illegalities being perpetrated in INEC by the APC to manipulate the electoral process not only for the 2019 general election but also the forthcoming governorship elections in Osun and Ekiti States.
“We are aware that a blood relation of President Buhari, who has been made in charge of very sensitive department in INEC, has been perfecting all manner of rigging plans, including the exposed plans to create illegal 30,000 polling units in porous areas to be used to allocate votes for President Buhari. The party said it’s also aware of underhand registration of APC agents as election observers, as well as the alleged manipulation of INEC voters’ and constituency data to favour the APC.
Meanwhile, the PDP has charged the Prof. Mahmood Yakubu-led commission “to explain to Nigerians why his commission secretly registered over 4,000 APC agents as observers for the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections. Further, it challenged the INEC to explain why it registered observers without the knowledge of other stakeholders, particularly the major political parties contesting in the elections. “We, therefore, demand the immediate cancellation of the registration of observers for the Ekiti and Osun state governorship elections and demand the conduct of a fresh registration that involves all stakeholders if indeed they want Nigerians to have faith in their processes.
“Prof. Yakubu must understand that Nigerians are taking note of the erosion of the independence and public confidence in INEC under his watch and are not ready to accept any process or results that do not reflect the democratic will of the people in any election at any level across the country”.

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