The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the alleged registration of 8,000 militants by the Peoples Democratic Party for the Edo State governorship election will be investigated.
This was disclosed on Sunday by INEC’s Deputy Director in charge of Voter Education and Publicity, Nick Dazang during an interview.
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole had alleged that the PDP recruited 8,000 militants from Rivers and Delta States and registered them for the forthcoming election on September 28.
However, governors of both states have denied the allegation.
Dazang said the commission will investigate the allegation, even though it has not been officially informed.
Dazang said, “The commission is not aware of the allegation that over 8,000 militants were registered as voters for the governorship election in Edo State. This allegation is grievous, but we have not been officially informed.
“We will not close our eyes or ears to such a serious allegation. As soon as it is officially brought to our notice, the commission will swing into action by investigating it.
“We will do everything within our powers and within the law to have a credible election in the state. So, we are waiting to be briefed on the matter.”
On the other hand, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the allegation by Oshiomhole was ridiculous, wondering how such could have taken place without the knowledge of INEC.
The spokesperson for the PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who stated this on Sunday, said Oshiomhole should tell Nigerians where and when the militants were registered.
Adeyeye said, “It is good, if the commission can investigate it. At least, Governor Oshiomhole will be able to tell Nigerians where and when the PDP registered the so-called militants.
“Were they registered by INEC? If not, which organisation registered them? Were they registered as voters or as observers? For what purpose? And when did Oshiomhole suddenly discovered the registration of the alleged militants?”