9ja news gathered that the Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state, Eyitayo Jegede and members of the PDP say the fire incident which happened on thursday night at the Akure office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was a plot to rig the forthcoming Governorship election.
In a press statement by the state publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kennedy Peretei, he said the inferno that burnt over 5000 card readers is disappointing and that the party suspects a foul play in the fire incident.
“Indeed, we suspect collusion between some unscrupulous officials of the commission with some politicians to perfect the running plans to rig the October 10 governorship election.”
In the statement, the PDP is also appealing to “Eminent Nigerians, the civil rights community and other international bodies to wade in and help prevent any move to subvert the will of the people in the coming Ondo governorship election.”
The candidate of the PDP, Jegede in a statement by the Director of Media of his campaign organization, Samuel Fasua, said his fate was now in the hands of God.
9ja news understands that Jegede also urged the National Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, to order a thorough probe into the inferno with a view to bringing perpetrators to book. He has likewise called on the Nigeria Police and other security agencies to rise up to the test of integrity thrown up by the INEC fire incident and conduct sweeping investigations.
Meanwhile, the Spokesman for the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Alex Kalejaiye, said the party was shocked over the INEC fire incident. He also called on security agencies to investigate the cause of the fire.
“While the party declines to join the pontificating wagon to condemn and apportion blame on the unfortunate development, we believe strongly that the gravity of what has happened demands prompt action from the security agencies to immediately unravel what actually transpired, to forestall a recurrence.
“The chapter also calls on the national headquarters of INEC to do all it could to ensure the incident does not result in setbacks in its preparation for the governorship election in October.” he said.
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