BY Chris Ochayi
ABUJA—Alhaji Sadiq Masalla faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has accused officials of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of tampering with some vital documents submitted to the electoral umpire prior to the convening of its National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting.
Alhaji Masalla, who made the accusation in Abuja, insisted that rather than submit a resolution of two-third membership of the National Working Committee, NWC, as claimed in the “private letter” handed over to Chief Victor Umeh last Thursday, purporting to authenticate Umeh’s leadership of APGA, it was the resolution of two-third of the party’s NEC convening the meeting that was forwarded to the commission.
He explained that from the tone of letter given to Umeh, “some people must have tampered with the documents in INEC possession and misrepresented the true facts.
“We, therefore, call for a thorough probe into the tampering with official documents by some of the commission’s officials and the deliberate misrepresentation of the facts.
“Even now, we are yet to receive the copy of the letter signed by the commission’s secretary, four days after it was purportedly written and four days after the said letter was handed over to Chief Umeh.
“If the said letter was actually written, then the commission would have erred in its judgment since the premise for its conclusion was indeed wrong and uninformed”, Masalla added.
The factional leader explained that they had written to INEC on June 22, furnishing it with NEC members’ resolution, asking them to observe the NEC in accordance with the party’s constitution, which was why INEC officials led, by Mrs Regina Omo-Agege, attended.