By Tony Edike
THE South East zonal leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has raised an alarm over alleged plans by some officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to rig the forthcoming elections in Imo and Enugu States and demanded the immediate redeployment of the Resident Electoral Commissioners, REC, in the two states to ensure transparency in the conduct of April elections.
In a letter to the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, dated March 10, 2011, and signed by Mr. Vincent Okpalaeke, South East Zonal Secretary of PDP, the party leaders also called for total transfers of Electoral Officers currently serving in Imo and Enugu States, while urging him (Jega) to take a particular interest in the two states to ensure the actualization of the will of the people.
The letter, entitled “Plans by some INEC Officers to rig elections in Imo and Enugu States”, copy of which was made available to Vanguard in Enugu yesterday, read: “I am directed by the South-East zonal leadership of our party, Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, to write to you on the above subject matter.
“Information at our disposal reveals that there are high level plans orchestrated by a former chairman and serving commissioner of INEC to massively rig the elections, particularly the governorship election in Imo and Enugu States.
“We have investigated the information and discovered that the planners are seriously recruiting Electoral Officers in the two states to support their scheme and thereby subvert the will of the people.
“We are making this complaint with every sense of responsibility, knowing its full purport. We are disturbed because we are very confident of victory in those states owing to the hard work and achievements of our governors and the strengths of our party therein.”
The zonal party leaders further told Jega that they were “alarmed because we believe and trust in your pledge to Nigerians of conducting free, fair and credible elections,” stressing that for the commission to achieve its pledge, the Resident Electoral Commissioners in the two states should be redeployed immediately, while their electoral officers should also be transferred.
The party leaders, however, reiterated their trust and belief in INEC chairman’s ability to conduct free, fair and credible elections in the country and urged him to act on their request without any delay to ensure that the will of the people prevailed in the coming elections in the two states.