The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed the former Cross River state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Frankland Briyia, an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Bayelsa state, has confirmed that the APC used its members to write figures for President Muhammadu Buhari in the February Presidential election.
The PDP in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Sunday said “Mr Briyia’s governorship ambition on the platform of the APC, which he announced while still in the confines of his office as REC, amply exposed INEC as a partisan electoral umpire under the watch of Professor Yakubu Mahmud.
The PDP states that the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari did not sanction Mr Briyia even after he brazenly announced his ambition right in INEC facility, betrays APC’s embedded interests in the commission, adding that this manifested in the alleged manipulation of processes related to the presidential election.
The statement read “the PDP invites Nigerians to note that INEC, in a recent statement, denied receiving any resignation letter from Mr Briyia at the time he announced his governorship ambition.
“Our party, therefore, calls on President Buhari to come out clean on the real reason he failed to sanction the Cross River REC in line with the law.
“The PDP also urges Mr President to speak out on allegations in the public space that his Presidency failed to sanction Mr Briyia because of the role he allegedly played in of favour of the APC in the presidential election.
“The party, however, expressed confidence that justice will definitely be served at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal where Nigerians repose hopes for the retrieval of the presidential mandate stolen by the APC”, the PDP said.