Addressing newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday, the PDP Presidential Campaign Coordinator for Oyo State, Dr Nureni Adeniran said the alleged act occurred between Governor Abiola Ajimobi, APC leaders in the state and top echelon of the INEC.
He alleged that the APC through the governor, had approached the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Barrister Mutiu Agboke to do their bidding but was resisted by the REC.
Adeniran explained that Abgoke was said to have been harassed and threatened that he would be transferred out of Oyo State if he failed to compromise, describing it as “anti- democratic”.
“Contrary to the directive that sensitive election materials should be returned to the Central Bank of Nigeria,(CBN),the Governor insisted it should be returned to Government House.
“Although it was resisted by the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Bar. Mutiu Agboke, the fact that the effort was made by the Governor makes it bad enough for our democracy at this auspicious time.
“At the instance of the APC and their cohorts, the smart card readers that were supposed to be configured at at INEC office in Ibadan, concerted efforts were made to get it configured at Agodi Government House, Ibadan through coercion,” he disclosed.
Adeniran said further that the APC was yet to refute allegations of outright thumb printing at the government house last week and therefore called for investigation into the matter adding that the campaign council of the party had been inundated with calls from different quarters over the issue.
While calling on the staff and the REC. in Oyo State as well as other relevant agencies saddled with one responsibility or the other for the forthcoming elections not to succumb to pressure from the ruling party to, “carry out any illegal and untoward practices that could change the will of the people and can truncate out fledgling democracy.”
In a swift reaction, the APC’s Director of Media and Strategy in the state, Dr. AbdulAzeez Olatunde, when contacted on telephone by Vanguard refuted the claim, stating that the PDP was afraid of imminent defeat steering it at face on Sunday.
In his words: “They are afraid. What business has Ajimobi has to do to pressurise INEC? They are afraid of their eventual defeat which is going to steer them I the face on Sunday,” he stated.