By BEN AGANDE
Abuja – There were indications, yesterday, that one of the factions of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State, might have substituted some names earlier submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for the 2011 elections.
This came after the expiration of the time set for parties to substitute candidates for the elections.
Vanguard learnt that a few members of the Governor Gbenga Daniel’s faction of the party who were expected to have moved along with the other candidates into the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN, were being mobilised into the other accepted list by INEC.
A source close to the party in Abuja told Vanguard yesterday that “some persons behind the crisis in Ogun PDP have been working behind the scene to carry out this illegality”.
Attempts to speak with the Chief Press Secretary to the chairman of INEC, Kayode Idowu, and the commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Umenger, proved abortive as several calls to their telephone lines went unanswered.
But a staff of the commission who spoke with Vanguard said “it is highly unlikely that a staff of this commission would connive with politicians to perpetrate such an act without incurring the wrath of the commission’s chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega”.