Osun - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to appoint a credible person as a returning officer for the Osun State Governorship scheduled for Saturday.
The party made the request as it alleged that the PDP plans to massively rig the election in some identified local government areas.
In a statement issued in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party also said President Goodluck Jonathan had reportedly told the security agencies that he wants victory for his party "at all costs," an admonition APC definitely shape their perception of the election as a do-or-die affair.
''Nigerians from all walks of life, desirous of a free and fair election on Saturday, are reaching out to us with useful information on the plan by the desperate PDP to rig the forthcoming election, and we are taking the information very seriously.
''For example, we learnt that the PDP has identified Ife Central, Ife East, Ife North, Ife South, Olurunda, Iwo, Ifelodun, Osogbo, Odo Otin and Aiyedade as places where they plan to perpetrate massive rigging," APC stated.
It alleged some results had been written ahead of the elections while three Vice Chancellors, one from the North Central and two from the South West, had been pencilled down to serve as a returning officer. The incentive for the returning officer who could announce the doctored results is 1 billion Naira, APC alleged.
The party therefore called on INEC not to allow any unscrupulous person to serve as a returning officer for the election, and to pay a special attention to voting in the identified local governments, where the PDP allegedly planned to influence the outcome of the election.
''No one will accept the result of an election in which the returning officer is compromised with filthy lucre. This is why were are calling on INEC to ensure that only a person of integrity can serve in that important post,'' APC said.
INEC has insisted it had the capacity to ensure credible polls in Osun as well as the 2015 general election.
- CAJ News
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