By Omeiza Ajayi
The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has issued six queries to the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee INEC following the postponement of the overall elections by the electoral umpire.
This was because the celebration denied allegations by the Peoples Democratic Occasion PDP that it was pressuring the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee INEC into staggering the overall elections.
The place of the celebration was disclosed throughout a information convention addressed by its Director of Election Planning and Monitoring, Babatunde Raji Fashola and that of Contact and Mobilization, Hadiza Bala-Usman Sunday night in Abuja
Each directorates had met on the Buhari Marketing campaign Council headquarters to fine-tune its methods within the face of the postponement of the polls by INEC.
Addressing the media, Fashola threw a number of posers on the electoral umpire.
“On account of the widespread ache shared by us all, we, the Directorate of Election Planning and Monitoring, and Contact and Mobilization on behalf of APC Marketing campaign Council, demand larger openness and transparency within the Fee’s preparations forward of Saturday 23rdFebruary 2019.
“We imagine that members of the general public ought to know what steps INEC have taken with CBN to evaluate, take stock of supplies and temporary the general public about what their situation is;
“The standing of INEC’s plans to obtain and supply supplies for election and particularly let Nigerians know if all supplies required are in nation and if not what plans the fee has to make sure that they’re.
“INEC’s plans to re-deploy and distribute supplies forward of Saturday 23rd 2019.
“The precise issues INEC encountered within the failed try of Saturday 16thFebruary 2019 and measures it has taken to beat them?
“What transport logistics and additional supplies INEC require by way of automobiles, boats, vehicles, airplanes, helicopters, manpower and funding INEC requires to execute the elections of February 23rd and March ninth.
“Affirmation that the configuration of the cardboard readers can be accomplished in readiness of Saturday 23rd 2019.
“Along with all of those, we imagine that INEC ought to temporary Nigerians day by day on an ongoing foundation till this course of is concluded. That is one approach to elicit the buy-in of Nigerians that INEC is severe and this can change disappointment with enthusiasm”, he said.
Fashola added that APC’s “disappointment is doubled because of the truth that not like some who have been apparently aware about this postponement prematurely, we came upon alongside the general public a couple of hours earlier than the polls opened.
“To the stranded youth corpers we empathise with you. To the voters and volunteers who’ve travelled at nice price to forged their votes, we empathise with you. To celebration brokers and our celebration trustworthy we empathise with you.
“Our sympathies go to all these individuals and we urge them to not despair. Nevertheless, we Nigerians are a decided and resilient individuals and we is not going to let the shortcomings of INEC deter us from exercising our franchise”.
On allegations that the APC was coercing INEC to stagger the elections, Fashola stated; “I believe that isn’t a accountable and credible allegation to make. APC doesn’t conduct elections. We go by the foundations as set by the electoral umpire”.
On his half, Chief Press Secretary to the Nationwide Chairman of APC, Simon Egbebulem stated the ruling celebration would wait to punish the PDP on the polls.
“That’s the top of irresponsibility and desperation on the a part of the PDP to make such silly allegation. All the world was on the venue the place the Nationwide Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole expressed his disappointment very sincerely earlier than the chairman of the INEC over the postponement of the election. President Muhammadu Buhari did the identical.
However we is not going to dissipate vitality in responding to the PDP allegation as a result of we await them on the polls. All of us have been on this nation when below the PDP authorities the then President ordered the Chairman of the INEC to postpone the election. However on this case we noticed a state of affairs the place the INEC determined to postpone election on their very own based mostly on the reasons they enumerated.
APC can by no means be just like the fraudulent PDP which is the foundation of the issues which the APC led administration is cleansing up”, he stated.