The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ondo State Chapter have asked INEC to come to equity with clean hands ahead of the governorship elections slated for next month.
In a statement, PDP released through Kennedy Ikantu Peretei, the Publicity Secretary, PDP, Ondo State chapter, the party indicated that they “received the news of the fire outbreak that engulfed a container with over 5000 card reader machines at the Akure office of INEC on Thursday night with great disappointment.
The statement went on to ask INEC the following questions:
“Is INEC saying it does not have an internal mechanism to curtail fire outbreak in her office? Is the metal container containing the over 5000 card reader machines connected to electricity? If so, was the electricity supply not put off after the official close of work at 05.00pm? Where were the security officers on duty at the time the fire started? Why was it that fire engulfed a container housing over 5000 card reader machine within few minutes?”
PDP also said it was important that INEC answered the questions to the good people of Ondo state as it was not proper to go into an election in 30 days with a ‘compromised system’.
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PDP also said they noted the comment of INEC that the fire outbreak would not impact the October 10 election, but insisted that the comment wasn’t enough for a Commission whose operations is financed by money from taxpayers.
PDP also demanded a detailed report of the causes of the inferno and sanctions for those culpable when due research must have been carried out.
The PDP also used the opportunity to remind INEC that the people of Ondo State cannot be taken for granted.
“The PDP also use this medium to remind INEC that the people of Ondo State cannot be taken for granted as no excuse would be accepted from the Commission if there is a complain of non functionality of card reader machines during the forthcoming election,” the statement read.
“We want to believe that INEC will come to equity with clean hands and play the role of an unbiased umpire during and after the election.
Or how do we explain a scenario where fire razed over 5000 card reader machines just 30 days to the governorship election?”