INEC New Polling Units; Plot to Rig Out David Umaru-APC
The All Progressives Congress( APC) Niger state, has said that creation of new polling units in Niger East senatorial by-election was a deliberate attempt by Resident Electoral Commissioner( REC) Dr Emmanuel Onucheyo to rig out their candidate, David Umaru in the election.
The Publicity Secretary of APC, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa who spoke to journalists yesterday in Minna said that it was unfortunate that the REC wrote for the creation of new polling units few days to the election knowing full well that the election was just a by-election.
Vatsa disclosed that the polling units in Niger East before was 1,122 but the party was surprised that few days to the election the REC wrote to the National Headquarters and the polling units have been increased to 3,185.
He stated that the way the things are going the new polling units were created to facilitate the massive rigging against the APC candidate Barrister David Umaru because “they know that they can not withstand the popularity of David Umaru, it is clear that David Umaru cannot be defeated in a free and fair election hence they are devising various strategies on how to rig the election”.
While stating that the silence of INEC Headquarters not to heed to their earlier call to change the REC who was confirmed to be a card carrying member of PDP in Kogi state smack of conspiracy even from INEC Headquarters, Vatsa noted that the party is ready to checkmate all plans to rig the party out.
“This is a perfect way for rigging, if not how can you create new polling units few days to election, in fact is like the REC has turned himself to a consultant for rigging, whatever formula they have adopt, whatever way they come APC is ready for them”,
According to him, “we are aware of the order given to top government functionaries to deliver their wards or forget their jobs; we are waiting to see how they will compromise the will of the people forcefully”.
He however appealed to the supporters of the party to be law abiding and stay out of any act that will disturb the peace of the state and urged them to protect their votes peacefully during the election.