The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State has urged the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, to ignore Governor Gabriel Suswam’s call for the removal of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, in the state.
State chairman of the party, Comrade Abba Yaro, in a press statement, refuted Governor Suswam’s allegations that the REC, Professor Istifanus Dafwang, had colluded with the APC to deny him victory in the last National Assembly elections.
He said the allegations were the antics of a bad loser looking for a scapegoat as well as an official he could possibly compromise in the governorship and state assembly elections in favor of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, next Saturday.
The APC state chairman said the call arose from the Governor’s inability to dictate to Professor Dafwang and make him sway to his whims and caprices adding that instead of removing him ProfessorJega should commend the REC for his rectitude and a job well done.
He stated that the APC which has the support of the electorate had no need to seek to influence the commissioner, interfere with his work or seek any favors from him adding that it did not do so.
On the other hand, Comrade Yaro said, it was the PDP that had frittered away the goodwill of the people and therefore had no hope of winning their votes but which had the capability to influence Professor Dafwang that tried to do so but failed leading to Governor Suswam’s call for his removal.
He said APC agents reported to him that the canceled results of the National Assembly elections which the Governor complained about were voided on account of over voting, falsification and mutilation of already declared results as well as ballot box snatching and stuffing by PDP agents.
Comrade Yaro stated that Professor Dafwang and INEC staff were not responsible for Governor Suswam’s loss in the elections but his inept administration which has brought untold hardship on the people as well as the desire of Nigerians to effect change in the leadership of the country as reflected by results nationwide.
The party chairman said the APC had already received reliable reports that the state Governor was planning to perpetrate unprecedented atrocities in next Saturday’s election and that his call for the replacement of the current REC with someone not familiar with the terrain would facilitate and enhance his plans if obliged.