The Elections Transparency Group (ETG) has berated the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its alleged refusal to
release relevant documents requested by the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) candidate in the just concluded Ekiti State governorship
election, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, to aide his petition at the tribunal.
Olusola, who is challenging the victory of the candidate of the All
Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Kayode Fayemi, as declared by the
INEC, had alleged that his applications to INEC for the certified true
copies of election documents were rebuffed despite having fulfilled
In its reaction, the ETG said in a statement issued in Abuja on
Wednesday, and signed by its National Coordinator, Alhaji Kazeem
Adekunle, that INEC must not act in a way that will suggest that it
truly connived with security agencies to rig the election in favour of
the APC as being alleged.
It warned against any attempt to manipulate the election documents in
INEC custody, disclosing that “Just as it happened in 2011 when four
officials of INEC in Ekiti State were arrested for voiding ballot
papers used for the Ekiti East Constituency II House of Assembly
election, we are watching the activities of INEC officials in Ekiti
State and whoever attempts to tamper with documents in INEC custody
will be exposed and arrested.”
The group noted that since election materials are public documents,
there was no reason for INEC to delay even for one hour before
releasing all documents relating to the election to whoever that
requested for them.
It called on INEC to release all documents requested by the PDP
candidate and other interested parties without further delay, arguing
that it will amount to denial of justice for the electoral commission
to act as a stumbling block against the PDP and its candidate.
While condemning the roles played by security agencies before, during
and after the Ekiti State election, the ETG said it was appalling that
security agents openly aided votes buying at polling units by agents
of the APC.
The group said security agencies, especially the police acted in a
manner confirming that they had clear instruction from Abuja to
deliver Ekiti State to the APCby whatever means.