The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, on Wednesday, claimed that it had uncovered an alleged deceitful plot by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to manipulate and rig the forthcoming elections for President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) through several devious strategies
.The State Publicity Secretary of the Party, Mr. Ifeanyi Osuoza, in a statement he signed, a copy, which was made available to us in Asaba, alleged that the gambit of the electoral body was to stage manage the pre-loading and key in the card readers with pre-determined fictitious voters’ details before accreditation.
According to him, “Our thorough investigations revealed that the first ploy in the uncovered series stratagems to tinker with the February 16, and March 2, elections is a deceptive tactics designed to make President Muhammadu Buhari and APC candidates gain the upper hand through underhand manipulation of pre determined names of fictitious voters.
“The import of the plot is to manipulate the smart card readers so as to substance biometric, accreditation with manual verification of already pre loaded names, thus paving way for mass rigging and allocation of fictitious votes for President Buhari and APC Candidates during the elections.
The statement further alleged that in addition to the brazen plot, it was gathered that the ultimate plan of the supposed electoral umpire was to allegedly swap the original result sheets at the collation centers, all parts of the grand desperation to manipulate the process and short change the will of the People.
“Again, PDP has also been alerted to the fact that the APC in a grand design to infiltrate the composition and membership of electoral officers for the elections, has crashed in on the shortfall of required personnel from the Federal College of Education (Technical) Asaba and the Federal University of Petroleum Resources ( FUPRE) Effurun , it has submitted the names of loyalists and card carrying members of the APC, masquerading as staff of the two institutions to INEC in order to make up the deficit as demanded by the electoral umpire,” PDP alleged.
“PDP, therefore, demands as a matter of 48 hour ultimatum for INEC to make public the list of all officials and ad-hoc staff that would be involved in any manner or form in the February 16, 2019 elections at all levels for verification by stakeholders failure to which might attract a massive protest in the State.”
But in swift reaction, INEC Commissioner in the State, Dr Cyril Omorogbe, described the allegations as spurious and unfounded, adding, “the eras of elections rigging are over, PDP is jittery for nothing, no proof in all its allegations.”
Bandits attack police formation, kill 13 officers in Zamfara
Armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked the Kurar Mota community in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing at least 13 police officers
We gathered that the incident occured on Sunday when the assailants invaded a police formation and gunned down officers on duty.
A residents who identified himself as Kabir Dansada, told Daily Trust that the armed men had earlier attempted to invade Magami, a community located 50km south of Gusau, the state capital, but were repelled by soldiers.
“They withdrew after they were overpowered by the soldiers there. They then rode to a community along Magami – Dankurmi – Dangulbi road and killed one person and torched four shops.”
“Thereafter, they moved to Kurar Mota community and attacked the police formation near the township clinic. The criminals then dashed into the forest”
“The slain officers and the injured ones were conveyed to Gusau in a convoy of police vehicles this afternoon. I saw several police vehicles move towards the area,” he said.
When contacted by our correspondent, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Muhammad Shehu said he would inquire and revert.
Clean smelly Lagos gutters, stop making noise – Deji Adeyanju rebukes Joe Igbokwe
Deji Adeyanju, an Abuja-based human rights activist, has berated Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, over his recent comments on social media.
Adeyanju said Igbokwe who should be cleaning smelly gutters in Lagos State is making noise on social media.
Igbokwe, who is the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been very outspoken on social media lately.
The APC chieftain celebrated the rearrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
He had explained that Kanu once asked IPOB members to kill him and his family members.
The governor’s aide also rebuked Kanu’s style of agitation, stressing that the IPOB leader never witnessed the Biafra civil.
Igbokwe further stressed that the Nigerian government has enough evidence to convict the embattled IPOB leader.
However, Adeyanju, in a tweet wrote: “Joe Igbokwe who should be busy cleaning smelly gutters in Lagos is still on Facebook making noise.”
Meanwhile, we observed that Lagos State has witnessed serious flooding due to rain fall and bad drainage management.
Cultism: Four arrested during cult supremacy battle in Ogun
Four persons, who the police said are members of dreaded cult groups, were on Saturday arrested during a supremacy battle in Ogun State.
Police said the supremacy battle led to a gun duel between Aye and Eiye confraternities in the Atan-Ota area of Ogun.
The suspects, according to the Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, were identified as Olusegun Owoola (26), Gbenga Akinkade (34), Jinadu Waliu (30) and Sanni Hammed (27)
Oyeyemi informed us that they were arrested following a distress call received by the DPO of Atan Ota division, CSP Abolade Oladigbolu at about 4am on Saturday.
The two groups were said to have gone on a rampage at the Hotel road area of Atan, shooting sporadically.
The DPO had mobilized his men to the scene “where they met the two groups engaging themselves in a serious gun battle.”
According to Oyeyemi, “the police engaged the hoodlums and subsequently subdued them”, leading to the arrest of four of them.
Items recovered from them are a locally-made pistol, three live cartridges, two knives, an iron rod and assorted criminal charms.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has directed that the case be transferred to the anti-cultism section of the State CIID for investigation.
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