By Ayodele Ayelomi
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, has expressed concern over the alleged late withdrawal of electoral materials dispatched on Friday, February 15, 2019, following the abrupt postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Gboyega Oguntuase, Ekiti State PDP Chairman, said instruction given to INEC offices at the local councils to withdraw all the materials already distributed and deposit same with the CBN except the Card Readers, which were said needed to be reconfigured were not compiled with
“Why did it take INEC officials in some of the local governments up till 7pm to return the electoral materials to the CBN office in Ado Ekiti when directive to return the materials was issued as early as 8am on Saturday?
“Consequently, we are demanding that we be allowed by INEC and CBN to double-check all the electoral materials, more particularly the sensitive materials.
He also alleged that some materials for House of Representatives election were not complete. While some are in excess.
“No result sheets for Ward (Form EC8B) and Local Government (EC8C) as well as result sheets for final collation (Form drEC8D) and announcement of final results (Form EC8E). “Also, there was excess Polling Units Result Sheets (EC8A). The excess was more than two times the number of polling units in Ekiti State.
“This is to say that each of the Polling Units in Ekiti State had more than one result sheet. This is clear manifestation of INEC intention to rig the election by using the excess result sheets to enter fake results for the APC.
“As at the wee hours of Saturday; only electoral materials for the conduct of House of Representatives (partial), Presidential and South Senatorial elections were brought to Ekiti, leaving those for Central and North Senatorial Districts. The materials brought had excess Form EC8A,” he said.
However, INEC in the state has dismissed the PDP allegations. Taiwo Gbadegesin, the INEC public relations officer in Ekiti, said: “This is not correct. All the materials distributed on Friday have been withdrawn. As we speak, they are in CBN while our smart card readers are here in our office, because they have to be reconfigured.” Table 5 Dar