Prof Mahmood Yakubu

Ekiti: Group Berates INEC For Not Releasing Documents To PDP Candidate

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

necessary steps.


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.