Nigeria Elections 2015 ‘No plan to rig for APC,’ INEC says

The commission also added that the reports accusing it of such plans were baseless and that Nigeria’s polls will be free, fair and credible.

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INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega play

INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it has no plans of colluding with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the upcoming elections.

The commission also added that the reports accusing it of such plans were baseless and that Nigeria’s polls will be free, fair and credible.

The clarifications were made by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Kayode Idowu via a statement.

It reads:

“INEC would not have bothered to respond to such patently cynical and malicious allegation, but for the fact that the elections are days away and otherwise respectable national newspapers have lent themselves to be used as platforms to disseminate such falsehood.”

“Any misinformation, – even as baseless as in this particular case – unless corrected could mislead innocent or undiscerning members of the public and cause unnecessary apprehension about the credibility of the electoral process.”

“The Commission affirms that the allegation to manipulate or rig the election is completely false and baseless.”

“INEC condemns these sinister and unpatriotic attempts to create unnecessary controversies aimed at discrediting the Commission through dissemination of falsehood.”

“The Commission assures Nigerians of its commitment and resoluteness to conduct free, fair and credible elections. The Commission will not hesitate to institute legal action, where necessary, to protect its members from malicious and libelous allegations.”

The spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign organization, Femi Fani-Kayode had accused INEC of plotting to rig the elections with the use of card readers which would be supplied by an APC loyalist.

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