9 opposition parties demand removal of Zamfara REC over alleged compromise

Posted by Shehu Umar, Gusau | 28 February 2019 | 1,023 times

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Nine opposition political parties in Zamfara state have passed ‘vote of no confidence’ on the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Asma’u Sani Maikudi, over alleged compromise of her official duty.

The opposition parties led by the governorship candidate of APGA, Dr Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi, at a press conference on Wednesday in Gusau said the Resident Electoral Commissioner is a card carrying member of the APC.

The parties whose chairmen jointly addressed the press are APGA, PDP Accord Party, ABP, NNP, NRM, YPP, ADC and DPP.

They alleged that the elections were massively rigged against them.

They said the REC deliberately refused to release to them the list of wards and polling units affected by the insecurity across the 14 local government areas of the state.

“We demand for her removal immediately. We no longer have confidence in her. She was recommended for the job by governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state and she did a hatchet job because of Masari’s intimacy with Governor Yari and it is on our record and we can prove that beyond any reasonable doubt,” they said.

They said the police boss in the state, Mr Celestine Okoye was biased and has been compromised too adding that they strongly resist any attempt to rig the forthcoming governorship and state assembly elections.

They further explained that last Saturday’s elections were marred by a lot of electoral malpractices such as heavy financial inducements, supply of incomplete result sheets and ballot box snatching by the agents of the ruling party.

“We totally reject the results of the elections because they were bought and allocated. It is the worst election ever conducted in Zamfara state and we will not take it lightly because we can’t be fooled,” they added.

However, the INEC in the state through the Head, Voter Education and Publicity, Garba Galadima, said the allegations were baseless and cannot be substantiated.

In his separate reaction, the Police commissioner in the state also dismissed the allegations.

Sourced from a Daily Trust report

 

 


Source: News Express

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