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Edo Election Underwear bomber, Abdulmutallab’s name in voter’s register – Oshiomhole

Abdulmutallab was arrested in the US for attempting to detonate plastic explosives on board a plane in 2009.

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Edo State former governor, Adams Oshiomhole


Governor Adams Oshiomhole has alleged that the jailed underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was registered for the Edo election.

Abdulmutallab was arrested in the United States of America for attempting to detonate plastic explosives which he hid in his underwear while on board a Northwest Airlines flight in 2009.

He was sentenced to four life terms plus 50 years without parole, and is currently at the Supermax federal prison in Colorado.

Oshiomhole made this allegation while speaking with the United States Consul General, Mr F John Bray, who paid him a courtesy visit.

The Governor said “The foundation for credible election is the voter’s register. Once the voter’s register is manipulated, then you have problems.

“Right now, we have evidence of two versions of voter’s register – the one they have officially distributed and the one that some elements within the ICT in INEC have also produced in Abuja.

“And what they have done in the past, which we hear they want to re-enact again, is that whereas they will display one voter’s register which is reasonably accurate, there are still some flaws but let me say it is about 85 percent accurate, they also have a fake one which they intend to bring and spring a surprise in certain locations where they believe that they have no chance, and when the voters go there and you find a voter’s register different from the one that you know, there will be confusion in those voting centres.

“At the end, you may end up having people’s voice level going up and one thing leading to the other, and you could have violence. We will show you those samples between the one that we know and the one we have gotten through our intelligence and I want to give a copy to the embassy, and so you can study it and see it. That, for me, is the only thing I am worried about.”

Adding that “If the INEC has two versions of voters register and they display one officially, then we have a problem. And the reason why this is extremely worrisome for me is that in my election in 2012, INEC tried to use this method to disenfranchise many of our supporters.”

“For example, I was shocked to find the portrait of Mr Abdulmutalab, and that will interest your Excellency, the young man who has been jailed in the US for a terrorist act. His portrait is in the fake voter’s register with a Benin name under it. I am sure if you look at the face, if we don’t know the face, you the US officials know the face. And you find the name under it, that it is a Benin name in Ovia South West.”

“He said INEC has enlisted some members of the opposition as election observers.”

“Last night, in my local government, one of the PDP leaders, who incidentally is on the list of INEC observers, I can be very specific, one Tenebe. We have information that he got boys around and they were shooting but the police went to apprehend them; they engaged the police in a shooting.

“The police had to go and reinforce. As we speak, I don’t have information as to how that was settled. If you have people like this engaged in violence, then it poses a challenge.

“Unfortunately, it takes more than one hand in this case to achieve a free and fair election. All the political parties must be committed to putting away this thing,” Oshiomhole said.

The Edo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of planning with  the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the elections slated for today, Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

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