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October 27, 2020
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Ondo: PDP Campaign Cautions INEC On Use of Zpad

Press Statement

The PDP National Campaign Council for Ondo Governorship election
cautions the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to
compromise the credibility of the coming October 10, 2020 Ondo
Governorship election with the contemplation of using the unreliable
Zpad technology in voter accreditation process.

READ ALSO: Address of the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus at the Inauguration of the Ondo state Governorship Campaign Council at the Party Hqs Wadata Plaza, Abuja on Friday August 28, 2020.

Our campaign recalls that the Zpad technology had failed during a
test-run deployment for voter accreditation in Nasarawa bye-election; a
situation that informed its rejection by INEC for voter accreditation in
the September 19 Edo state governorship election, where it was only used
to assist in direct uploading of results to INEC’s virtual portal.

We therefore urge INEC to limit the Zpad technology to the purpose for
which it has helped the commission to attain integrity as witnessed in
the Edo governorship election.

Our campaign also charges INEC to discountenance the blackmail by the
All Progressives Congress (APC) against the replacement of the over 5000
card readers that were burnt by APC agents to frustrate the conduct of a
credible governorship election in Ondo state.

We also call on INEC to note that the APC is bent on its plots to
frustrate the commission’s efforts following clear indications that
there is no way its candidate, the failed Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, can
win in a free, fair and credible election.

The PDP campaign, standing with the people of Ondo state, demands that
the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, personally oversights the
processes of recruitment of state polling officers.

Our demand is predicated on information available to us that INEC
officials detailed to handle the process are about being compromised by
the APC to engage their members as INEC adhoc staff with a view to using
them to rig the election.

For us in the PDP campaign, the irreducible minimum standard of the
integrity for the Ondo election is to adapt the achievement attained by
the commission in the September 19 Edo state governorship election.

We want to inform INEC and all stakeholders that we will follow every
process in the Ondo election to ensure that the Ondo people are not
robbed of their legitimate votes at any level of the electoral process

Moreover, our campaign restates our party’s demand that Governor Rotimi
Akeredolu, his self-confessed militant and thug, Issac kekemeke and
other APC agents of violence should be invited by INEC and security
agencies and cautioned to desist from acts of violence like the one
recently perpetrated by them in Oba-Akoko, where our candidate, Eyitayo
Jegede, was almost assassinated, but for the intervention of the people.

It is instructive to note that after spending four years in a
self-serving administration, Governor Akeredolu has nothing to offer the
people of Ondo state except a campaign of violence and divisive
tendencies.

Governor Akeredolu, in his self-serving administration cannot point to
any developmental project that he has contributed to Ondo outside
violence, entrenchment of corruption and enrichment of his cronies,
relations and their cohorts with resources meant for the wellbeing of
the people of Ondo.

The PDP campaign therefore appreciates the overwhelming support accorded
to our candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, across the length and breadth of Ondo
state which signposts the end of the misrule of Governor Akeredolu and
the APC in the state.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
Chairman Publicity Sub-Committee

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