As the sitting of the gubernatorial election tribunals enters crucial stage, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday raised the alarm that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and Department of State Security, DSS, have gone into alliance to alter election result and replace some election tribunal judges.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, made the allegation while briefing the press at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja.
According to him, the DSS has been cajoling election tribunal members to compromise the democratic process but some of the tribunal members have remained uncooperative and there is a move to replace those that have refused to do the biddings of the DSS.
“We have uncovered an unholy alliance between the Director-General of the DSS and the Acting Chairman of INEC to interfere directly in the activities of election tribunals in some PDP states by removing and altering some records in INEC and instigating the APC to insist that there were no elections in those states.
“You will recall that after the elections, the former INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega insisted and showed to the whole world that there were governorship elections in Rivers, Abia, Taraba, Akwa-Ibom and Delta states. However, in consonance with the APC, the DSS and INEC are already trying to interfere with the electoral process by using some persons in INEC to doctor the results and change the true position of the affairs regarding the elections in the states.
“Second, we want to inform you that any moment from now, some tribunal judges in these states are going to be changed. We had informed Nigerians in the past that the DSS was already meeting with some INEC officials and tribunal members to compromise the process.
“Now we have found out that, because some tribunal members were not cooperating, they are about to remove them and replace them with pliable ones. The PDP is alerting the entire nation and the international community of this devious development, which is a direct assault on our democracy.”
PDP insisted that the judiciary should not be interfered with, especially now that the cases in the election tribunal are at crucial stages.

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