From Adewumi Ademiju, Ado-Ekiti
Ahead of the July 14 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, the Providence Peoples Congress (PPC) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), of making contrary moves against its decision to participate in the election.
The National Chairman of PPC, Mr Benson Adetona alleged that after certifying the PPC as a duly registered party, INEC has taken some drastic steps to frustrate the activities of his party and prevent it from political participation.
Adetona who stressed further that based on the INEC decision, PPC has vowed to institute a legal action against the electoral umpire if it fails to reverse the unjustifiable ‘’negative decision.”
‘’INEC published a time table dated 5th October 2017 and signed by the Secretary to the Commission, which determines all activities by political parties in pursuance of the most of forthcoming Ekiti State election. The statement listed on the time table to be submitted by the 15th day of May 2018 is forms CF001 and CF002
“Providence People’s Congress complied with all the regulations of INEC that the Ekiti State office INEC told the National Chairman to submit the candidate nomination forms at Abuja.
The statement also maintained that upon presenting PPC documents for acceptance at the INEC head office on the 14th day of May, 2018 the officer in charge instructed PPC to file additional documents, which were not listed on the time table and refused to accept PPC’s documents without these additions, being Forms EC 4 (V) (VI).
“This misrepresentation by INEC would cause the party to miss out on the forthcoming Ekiti elections. The PPC immediately caused a protest letter to be written to the INEC National Chairman dated May 18th, 2018 with Ref: PPC/EKS/INEC/P.01, we are yet to receive any response from the INEC Chairman’’ The Chairman noted, while urging INEC chairman to use his good office to address the situation given the fact that the party has complied with all INEC requirements.
INEC PRO in Ekiti Mr Taiwo Gbadegesin, refused to respond to the allegation, insisting upon inquiry from our correspondent that the case is already with INEC headquarters.