The Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organization (JACO), has accused officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of colluding with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to disenfranchise non-indigenes resident in Lagos. Agbaje is the PDP candidate for next month’s election in Lagos.
Backstory: JACO alleged that INEC personnel were involved in the discriminatory distribution of PVCs by withholding the cards of non-indigenes largely suspected of being unsympathetic to the ruling party.
INEC was quick to dismiss the allegations saying it does not have time to engage in such frivolities.
Although the organization commended INEC for extending the collection of PVCs to Monday, Feb. 11, it added that the extension would be inconsequential if INEC officials become a stumbling block to an identified set of voters.
Describing the problem as immoral, illegal and xenophobic, JACO demanded that the commission steps in to restore normalcy and brings perpetrating officials to book.
A statement by JACO’s Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Felix Oboagwina, on Sunday, Feb. 10 said the organization was daily inundated with reports from aggrieved members of the public alarmed that non-indigenes living in local governments where the PDP may enjoy massive support were being denied their PVCs by INEC personnel.
The campaign organization said, “We are not comfortable with the situation… it appears like part of a grand plan by these officials to ensure APC falsely has a good result in their areas by all means.”
INEC has urged the Agbaje campaign organization to show proof of the allegations.
The INEC spokesperson in Lagos, Mr. Femi Akinbiyi, berated the PDP candidate saying:
“It is not true. When do we have such time to separate indigenes and non-indigenes? We are too busy for such. Newsmen can verify it themselves.”