Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has confirmed that one of the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a contractor to the commission.
Mohammed Musa popularly known as Sani 313 who is APC’s candidate for the Niger east senatorial district seat was the rumored contractor before the confirmation of the rumor by INEC Chairman..
Addressing stakeholders on the reason behind the postponement of the presidential and parliamentary elections in Abuja on Saturday, the INEC chairman said Mohammed Musa being an APC member will not affect the commission.
“Yes, I am aware. That company has been working with the commission since 2011. I assure you that we have a strict system,” respondibg to a question by Osita Chidoka, former aviation minister who represented Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the meeting.
“No electoral officer will be compromised. The integrity of the process is protected.”
Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP in a press statement issued in Abuja by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Atiku stated that the revelation was a result of its extensive intelligence gathering network to identify and prevent the ruling party’s brazen and ultimately failed attempts to rig the results.
He said “It is public knowledge that Sani Musa, popularly known as Sani 313 is a card carrying member of the APC and a close associate of several stalwarts of the party, including President Muhammadu Buhari who apparently pushed his nomination. But shockingly, the APC Senatorial candidate for Zone B of Niger State,Mr. Mohammed Musa, has a contract with INEC to supply key voting materials in an election he is participating in, which is a clear conflict of interest and raises questions of probity and oversight in the issuing of INEC contracts.
“The INEC contract was to ‘upgrade’ the card readers and to print PVC cards. Further investigations have shown that the ‘upgrade’ consisted of pre-programming the card readers to accept fake replica PVCs (copies of genuine PVCs) that the firm printed in Nigeria. These two activities were undertaken so that the APC could boost its vote tally in its strongholds or force votes in Polling Units at PDP strongholds to be null and void by over-voting .
Our investigation also identified the seven states where this activity was due to take place and we have therefore informed the Observer Community and our own extensive network of over 176,000 Party Agents so that they can forestall this activity by checking cards as allowed under INEC guidelines,”