Bayelsa poll: Senior INEC official working for PDP – Sylva

By 10:23 Sun, 15 Nov 2015 Comments

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives

Congress (APC) in the December 5 governorship

election, Chief Timipre Sylva, on Sunday alleged

that a senior member of the Independent National

Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state is an

agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Speaking through his campaign team, Sylva/Igiri

Campaign Organisation (SICO), the former

governor said he had been inundated with calls

about a particular member of the commission who

is sympathetic to the aspirations of PDP.

SICO in a statement signed by its Publicity Director,

Chief Nathan Egba, said the INEC official whose

name was not mentioned worked closely with the

appointees of the state Governor, Mr. Seriake

Dickson, in the last National Assembly and House

of Assembly elections.

Egba said: “We have been inundated with calls and

reports about a particular senior member of the

commission in the state headquarters who is a PDP

agent because of the role he played in the last

Presidential, National Assembly and State House of

Assembly elections by working closely with

appointees of Governor Dickson.”

He also asked INEC to follow the laid down rules in

the accreditation of election monitors and

observers for the election.

He added: “This is coming on the heels of the

purported public endorsement of Governor Seriake

Dickson of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), for

another term by over 400 Non-Governmental

Organisations in the state.

“We urge INEC to be wary of such NGOs that had

become political and publicly identify with a

particular candidate in the election.

“The APC had obtained the comprehensive list of

the NGOs and called on INEC not to make mistake

in considering applications from any of their

members to serve as either monitors or observers

in the December 5 election.

“While our campaign organisation is irrevocably

committed to ensuring peaceful and credible poll,

the electoral body must also purge some of its staff

and personnel who are believed to be showing

sympathy to the ruling party in the state.”

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