Bauchi APC accuses PDP of compromising security, INEC adhoc officers
- Demands redeployment of INEC REC, Admin Secretary for allegedly breaching Electoral Act
The Bauchi State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has questioned the credibility of the management team of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the conduct of the 2023 presidential and NASS elections held in the state last Saturday,.
It also alleged that the PDP Government compromised the security and INEC ad-hoc electoral officers in most of the Polling Units across the State.
But senior INEC officials described the allegations as blatant lie and mischief.
APC called on the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately transfer the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state.
The APC while briefing Journalists on Tuesday over the conduct of the 2023 presidential and NASS elections held in the state on behalf of the State Chairman of the APC, Hon. Babayo Aliyu Misau, the State Legal Adviser, stated that the APC has lost confidence INEC in the State, alleging that they have become the machineries of the PDP that manipulate the electoral process.
”We unconditionally demand for immediate redeployment of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Bauchi State and the Administrative Secretary of the Commission to ensure transparency and safeguard the sanctity of the electoral process.
“We unconditionally demand INEC to immediately disengage all of the illegal Presiding Officers and replace them with the genuinely trained Youth Corps members in line with the terms contained in the MOU between INEC and NYSC.”
“We unconditionally demand that INEC must ensure that all of its ad-hoc staff are sufficiently trained before the next election of March, 11, 2023 to avoid the occurrence of unnecessary and deliberate irregularities capable of undermining the sanctity of the election process.”
,”As you are all aware, the Presidential and National Assembly Elections were conducted across the federation by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in tandem with the approved Guidelines and Timetable for the 2023 General Elections.”
“We must commend INEC for keeping to its pledge to conduct the exercise as scheduled against all odds and apparent challenges. We further commend all stakeholders in the entire electoral process notably, the security operatives, civil society organizations, international observer groups, the media and most importantly the electorates who massively voted for our next President (Insha Allah), Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu and all other candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded elections,”
“We in APC, have always maintained the firm view of the electorates that elections must be free, fair, credible and in line with the international best practices. From the results so far released, it is obvious that the electorates in Bauchi State have confidence in our great Party. APC which created panic in the ruling PDP in the State.”
“However, we must condemn in totality, the cunning move made by the PDP Government in Bauchi State to compromise the security and INEC ad-hoc electoral officers in most of the Polling Units across the State.”
“For instance, under the INEC guidelines for the 2023 General Elections, ad-hoc Staff are required to be effectively trained on how to operate the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) device and to as well, preside over elections at polling units.”
“We have witnessed in some Local Governments Areas of Bauchi State where the INEC trained ad-hoc staff were replaced with certain card- carrying members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who apparently manipulated the election process in favour of their party.”
“Thus, they have, in some Polling Units, illegally cancelled the Elections in APC controlled polling Units caused deliberate malfunctioning of the BVAS machines, mutilated sensit