INEC ‘Commission has become a department of APC,’ Secondus says

The allegation was made by PDP Deputy National Chairman, Uche Secondus, during an interview with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is under the control of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The allegation was made by PDP Deputy National Chairman, Uche Secondus, during an interview with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Punch reports.

“Now in Rivers, because the PDP won all the elections despite the intimidation by the military, the results are being released piecemeal because the APC has failed woefully in all the constituencies,” Secondus said.

“It is apparent that the commission has become a department in the APC. The commission is being controlled by the APC. The commission has lost its independence and we have empirical evidence on this.

“They haven’t fixed a date for rerun because of the APC. INEC is now being supervised by the leadership of the APC and the Buhari administration.

“They are no longer independent and we are losing confidence in INEC. In the Federal Capital Territory, election date was announced but suddenly, because they knew the APC was going to lose, they postponed the election after we had spent money and time.

“All these show that INEC is now a parastatal of the APC. The danger is that this current leadership that will conduct the general elections in 2019 has been compromised.

“The forthcoming Edo and Ondo states’ governorship elections are in danger. With what happened in Rivers, Nigeria is in danger. There may be no election in 2019 with the way INEC is conducting itself as a parastatal of the APC,” he added.

INEC was forced to cancel the announcement of results in Rivers due to the violence which broke out during the March 19 rerun elections in the state.

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