Edo poll: PDP accuses APC of recruiting members as ad-hoc staff

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Edo State of recruiting All Progressive Congress (APC) loyalist as ad-hoc staff ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

The party raised the alarm on Saturday in a press statement by the spokesman for the Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye.

In the statement, Adeyeye said there is a video evidence exposing INEC officials in Edo state of compromising the outcome of the gubernatorial election before the scheduled Saturday, September 10, 2016 poll.

“We have once again uncovered another plot by the electoral umpire in Edo State to rig the gubernatorial election in favour of the government in power in the state. There are clear evidence available to us showing how INEC officials are recruiting APC members as ad-hoc staff to rig the election for the APC candidate in the Saturday, September 10, 2016 governorship election in the State” Prince Adeyeye said.

Adeyeye stated that “We will not accept anything short of free, fair and credible process leading to the Saturday, September 10, Gubernatorial poll in Edo State. We wish to assure INEC and the APC of our cooperation for a successful election but will not accept an election that is already compromised before the actual poll.”

The Party concluded that INEC should avoid inconclusive election in Edo State and put everything together for a hitch free poll.

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