APC Challenges INEC Commissioner In Jos On Free And Fair Polls By Yakubu Busari,Jos
The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress(APC) in Plateau state, Barrister Simon Bako Lalong with the party executive members has paid a courtesy visit to the state INEC commissioner Godwin Kwanga to intimate him about the party’s fear about the commission’s readiness to conduct a free and fair elections in the state.
The state chairman of the party Honourable Latep Daban in his brief said the aim of the visit was to discuss fundamental issues bordering free and fair election in the state.
He said they party wanted to know the total polling units and polling points and their location and the actual numbers of registered voters an PVCs so far distributed in the state so that they will know the number of agents to be used.
He alleged that the party has hints that some people are hoarding the PVCs. He also said that the party has fear of the operation of the INEC because they were aware that some party faithful are going around collecting Vin numbers of voters. He demanded the INEC to brief the party on the state of all the allegation and speculation about INEC.
He pointed out that there was allegation of compromise by the INEC to work in favour of PDP including the INEC commissioner himself and asked him to give every party a level playing grounds during the election.
The INEC commissioner Dr Godwin Kwanga said he give everybody opportunity to access him and allayed the fear of the APC against any negative illusion of favoritism and promised level playing field for all.
He debunked allegation of being posted to the state and influenced to do a hatchet job for an individual or party for the purpose of election.
Dr Kwanga said he has his name and integrity to protect pointing out that he has conducted elections successfully in other states before Plateau state.
He established that INEC’s position was to do justice to all party and advised the party executives to report any act of compromise by either INEC staff or anybody to the commission or the law enforcement agents.