Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) worked against the party in the just-concluded general elections.
- “I have huge reservations about the way INEC conducted this election. INEC’s bias against APC is so clear,” Oshiomhole said in a Friday evening interview on Channels Television.
- Non-use of card readers caused the APC to lose elections in some states, he said. “INEC was biased even in the way it dealt with our primaries; INEC was biased in the way in which it selectively used the card readers or the non-use of card readers in some states where it suits them.”
On the ongoing drama surrounding the next leadership of the national assembly, Oshiomhole said he can only persuade and negotiate with APC lawmakers as he has no power to appoint or impose somebody on the Senate.
- One fair thing: Oshiomhole said all six geopolitical zones will have a principal officer in the Senate and in the House of Representatives.
His comments comes on the heels of the APC’s endorsement of Ahmed Lawan for the senate presidency, and Femi Gbajabiamila for the House leadership. The endorsement is being resisted by some APC lawmakers, including Ali Ndume, a Borno senator who wants to be Senate President.
INEC as convenient foe: While the incompetence of INEC was on full display in the course of the elections, it is clear that the main political players are seeking to scapegoat the electoral agency. Both the PDP and APC are accusing INEC of bias, whereas they were responsible for most of the chaos and malpractices experienced during the elections.