Ondo Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in the State, Eyitayo Jegede, said there is more to the fire that consumed card readers inside the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC office in Akure, than meets the eyes.
Over 5,100 card readers meant for the October 10 governorship election stored in a container were burnt in the inferno on Thursday night with INEC claiming it was precipitated by electrical surge.
But Jegede in a statement by his campaign organization cast doubt on the electoral body’s claim saying, “We cannot rule out a foul play in the mystery fire that completely razed down the state INEC office; now, our fate is in the hands of God.
“For a while now, our main rival in this race has been in the eye of the storm over accusation that it was using loan assistance decoy to collect the pin codes in the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) of drivers, artisans and other professionals across the state. “Telephone SMS was sent to them through the Ondo State Entrepreneurship Agency, that they should submit the code numbers on their PVCs latest September 2, 2020; that the state government wanted to grant them loans to boost their businesses.
Continued: “Here were loans that our people did not get for three and half years that the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration has been in power; but now, the party is trying to use a loan offer as a decoy to pervert the inalienable right of the people to elect the candidate of their choice.
“Now, shortly after the collection of innocent people’s PVCs through the backdoor, came the shocking news that the INEC office had been razed by fire and that over 5000 card readers had been burnt.
“We smell a rat in all of this, knowing that the next scene in what looks like a drama of the absurd may lead to steps that can tinker with the authentic INEC voters’ list, with yesterday’s fire incident as alibi.”