Chuks Okocha in Abuja
The Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has knocked the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) over its rationalization on the award of contract to an organization owned by candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) saying it reveals the fee is working for the APC.
INEC had in a press release by its Nationwide Commissioner, Festus Okoye, admitted to awarding a delicate contract to the Binani Printing Press Restricted, a agency which has now been revealed to be owned by APC governorship candidate in Adamawa State, Senator Aishatu Binani.
Okoye nonetheless stated Binani was not listed as one of many Administrators of Binani Printing Press Restricted.
Atiku, via his Particular Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu stated INEC’s excuse was watery and unconvincing.
Shaibu stated it was unlucky that regardless of being given an allocation of over N300 billion in addition to monetary help from overseas governments together with the European Union, america and the UK, the management of INEC had continued to run the fee with out scruples.
He stated, “INEC’s newest assertion can’t even idiot a main faculty scholar. An abnormal search on CAC’s portal by youths on Twitter had already revealed that Senator Binani owns Binani Printing Press Restricted, a agency that was given a contract to print delicate INEC materials. The corporate with RC 310024, which was registered on March 13, 1997 has Senator Aishatu Ahmed listed as primary.
“It’s apparent that Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has no plan of leaving a legacy of free and honest elections. With barely a yr left on his tenure, his efficiency as INEC chairman will turn into a by-word for failure. It is a man who has acquired the best monetary allocation ever and but can’t nonetheless run the company successfully and ship a reputable election.
Shaibu famous that this might not be the primary time that INEC could be awarding delicate contracts to APC chieftains.
He recalled that forward of the 2019 ballot, INEC beneath the management of Yakubu additionally awarded a contract for the printing of Everlasting Voters’ Playing cards to Mohammed Sani Musa who in the identical yr was contesting for the Niger East senatorial election.
Shaibu added, “Recall that within the run-up to the 2019 Presidential election, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu admitted that the fee certainly awarded a contract to Act Applied sciences Restricted to print Everlasting Voters’ Playing cards.
“Act Applied sciences, whose Managing Director, Mohammed Sani Musa, was APC candidate for Niger East senatorial district on the time, went on to win that election.”
“This newest excuse by INEC for awarding a contract to an APC candidate holds no water and is the peak of the fee’s irresponsibility and incompetence”.
INEC had defined that procurements within the fee undergo open aggressive bidding and Binani Printing Press Restricted was one of many safety printing corporations that utilized to print safety paperwork for the fee.
It provides: “After inspecting the corporate’s facility and finishing up due diligence on the Company Affairs Fee, the fee was glad that they’re certified printers with the requisite technical capability, safety consciousness and experience in printing safety paperwork.
“Nevertheless, Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed was not listed as one of many Administrators of Binani Printing Press Restricted.”