‘Illegal Polling Units’: PDP accuses INEC, APC of Planning to rig 2019 Election

INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over what it described as a fresh plot by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to secretly create 30,000 illegal polling units in certain areas in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari.

The PDP in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said the alleged plot by INEC and APC is “wicked, horrible and totally unacceptable”.

The statement read in part: “Our investigation shows that this is part of the grand design by the commission under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to rig the 2019 general elections in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari and his dysfunctional APC.

“We are aware of series of clandestine meetings between compromised officials of the commission and certain agents of the Presidency and APC, where the plot to sneak in the 30, 000 illegal polling units in some remote areas and through which they plan to allocate votes to President Buhari and the APC were perfected.

“Having realized that Nigerians have completely rejected them because of their manifold failures in governance, the Presidency and the APC are now employing all manners of dirty antics to create ways to rig the polls and foist President Buhari back on Nigerians”.

“The PDP cautions INEC not to set the nation on fire by its overt conspiratory tendencies. Prof. Yakubu should heed wise counsel and immediately perish the thoughts of using such polling units or dividing the nation along ethnic lines in the 2019 general elections, as such would be stiffly resisted.

“We invite INEC to note that every Nigerian has seen the handwriting on the wall regarding the general rejection of President Buhari and the APC well ahead of the elections. We all know where the tide is flowing and Nigerians are not ready to, and will never  accept any results that do not reflect that reality.

“Having completely lost confidence in the integrity of INEC under Prof. Yakubu, we unequivocally demand that all processes leading to the 2019 must be subjected to open review of political parties and stakeholders at all levels.

“In this regard, we demand that INEC makes public the location and status of all polling units as well as the report of its investigation of under-age voters in various parts of the country, particularly, Kano and Katsina state”, the statement further read.

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