The accusations are still flying even as residents in Edo states have cast their votes for their governorship candidate. Incumbent Governor Adams Oshiomhole who is vying for a second term in office has accused chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, as well as his officials of underhanded tactics meant to sabotage the Action Congress of Nigeria and work in favour of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
Addressing pressmen, the governor said INEC officials were working for the PDP by causing havoc in regions that favour the major opposition ACN party.
“By making sure that the materials don’t get there on time, creating confusion in voting centers, giving a voter register that has no credibility, you are going to create confusion there,” Oshiomhole said, surrounded by reporters.
He said tactics like those deliberately employed by INEC would cut into the number of votes counted in those affected regions.
ACN’s Oshiomhole is facing off with Charles Airhiavbere of the PDP, as well as five other candidates from different parties. However, the showdown comes down to the ACN and the PDP. Both parties have waged an expensive campaign war against the other, filled with accusations and counter-accusations.
Both INEC and security officials have swamped Edo state, intent on ensuring free, fair and clean elections. Despite some upsets at different voting centers, the elections have been peaceful and without violence.
However, Oshiomhole has maintained that he is dissatisfied with certain illegal misconduct on the part of INEC.
He said INEC’s collaboration with the PDP have “watered down” the credibility of voting results in some affected areas and he holds Jega, supervisor of the electoral proceedings, responsible.
“He said he chose his best. If these are his best, his best is not good for Nigeria,” Oshiomhole said of INEC officials deployed to voting centers across the state.
“We are monitoring,” Oshiomhole assured and said his party will “scrutinize what happened everywhere to see how they arrived at the outcome”.