Ahead of Saturday’s governorship/state assembly elections, coalition of some aggrieved political parties in Zamfara State has demanded the immediate removal of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) and head of security agencies in the state for allegedly planning to rig the election.
The coalition comprising of the PDP, NRM, APGA, Accord party, NNPP, NUP, APB and the YPP are alleging that the REC, the Police Commissioner and the state Director of DSS have concluded plan to rig the Saturday’s election in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
This was disclosed by the spokesman of collation, Dauda Ahmed Jangeme while speaking to newsmen in Gusau.
Jangeme who is the state Youth leader of the NRM alleged that the REC had on the eve of the Presidential/National Assembly election, held a suspicious closed door meeting with the state Commissioner of Police, and the state chairman of the APC in the police commissioner’s office.
“Incidentally, the meeting was discovered by the governorship candidate of APGA, Alhaji Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi who instantly demanded for permission to be allowed into the meeting to at least know what was being discussed during that dicey and very sensitive moment but he was refused into meeting” he alleged.
The spokesman further alleged that unfortunately the intent of the meeting manifested clearly on the election day when massive rigging and other gross irregularities were widely witnessed across most polling units in the state.
“There were evidences of ballot boxes snatching, ballot paper stuffing, vote buying and financial inducement in the glare eyes of security agencies, but nothing was done to stop or arrest the perpetrators”, he said.
Jangeme also alleged that due to the unwarranted intimidation and harassment by the security agents, elections were not held in Mada, Wanke and Ruwan Baure in Gusau local government, while in Dan Gulbi of Maru local government, elections were not held in thirty one polling units all due to security harassment to twist the voting pattern in favor of the APC ruling party in the state.
He said the collation have passed vote of no confidence on the REC, Police Commissioner and state Director DSS.
“We are call on President Muhammad Buhari, the Inspector -General of Police and the Director -General of the DSS to redeploy the head of security in Zamfara before the forthcoming governorship elections as this is the only option to guarantee the conduct of free and fair election”, he said.
Meanwhile INEC, APC and the police have described the allegations as baseless and unfounded.