The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to define how it will transmit the result of the Bayelsa State governorship election slated for November 11.
Secretary of the APC Media and Publicity, Bayelsa State National Gubernatorial Campaign Council, Yekini Nabena, made the demand during a press conference on Sunday in Abuja.
Nabena, a former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, said INEC should tell Nigerians and political parties if it was going to transmit results electronically from the polling units to its server.
The APC said the demand became necessary to avoid confusion and ensure a free, fair, and credible election.
The party said it had all it took to dislodge the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in the state, and advised INEC to improve on its previous performance.
Nabena further said, “INEC should come out plain this time around. There is no clear direction. They are telling us INEC said they don’t have the power to transmit. INEC must have a clear direction so that voters will know this is the system and that everybody can protect his or her vote. Not that somebody will go to the government house and write these things for INEC.
“So, tell us, are you going to transmit the results from polling units or what are you going to do? Are you going to use BVAS? Tell us from day one. Let there be a guideline and an understanding that this is it. Not the one court will say INEC can come up with anything they want. Politics is the biggest business in the world.
“We had done it before. We will still do it again. We have heard them saying by the side that they know what to do. You know they always collect it from the court. But this time around, it won’t work that way. They said even though APC wins it, they will collect it from the court. But they will be shocked by God’s grace.”