APC Alleges Plot to Burn INEC Office in Ado-Ekiti as Ekiti Tribunal Begins Sitting
The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it has uncovered a plot to burn the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC office in Ado-Ekiti.
This is just as the Election Petitions Tribunal set up to hear grievances relating to the June 21 Governorship Election in Ekiti State yesterday began sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The party, in a statement, said: “We have it from reliable source that plans are being hatched to have ‘strange fire’ occurrence at the INEC office in Ado Ekiti and all the materials relating to the just concluded election will get burnt.
The fire incidence would be blamed on some faulty power surge. But why would any person or persons want to set the ballot papers of a ‘free and fair’ election on fire, especially now that the APC has decided to test the result with the tribunal? Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.”
At the sitting of the Election Petitions Tribunal which had only its chairman, Justice Mohammad Siraj of the Federal High Court, Jos Division, in attendance, a motion ex-parte filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow it (the APC) inspect the materials used for the conduct of the election was struck out.
The chairman of the tribunal struck out the motion following its withdrawal by the APC.
APC’s counsel said it withdrew the petition because events had overtaken the demand, adding that the parties joined in the application were different from the parties in the substantive petition filed against the respondents’ action for the withdrawal.
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