The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has once again urged Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC Chairman, to promptly redeploy Prof. Sylvia Agu, the Imo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), as she is suspected of having been compromised to rig the Imo State governorship elections on November 11, 2023, in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The party encouraged the INEC Chairman to follow the Inspector General of Police's lead, who redeployed the Commissioners of Police in the states of Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi in response to public outrage and requests for impartiality in the governorship elections scheduled for November 11, 2023.
This was said in a statement made on Monday in Abuja and signed by PDP National Publicity Secretary Hon. Debo Ologunagba.
He said, “Prof. Yakubu should forestall an impending crisis in the Imo State election by heeding the insistent outcry, petitions and protests by the people of Imo State, Political Parties, Civil Society Organizations as well as Ohaneze Youth Council; for the removal of the Prof. Sylvia Agu who has been allegedly compromised by the APC.
“The people of Imo State cannot accept any electoral process with Prof. Agu, as REC, given her reported role in the brazen manipulation of the 2023 National and House of Assembly elections in Imo State in favour of the APC, which is still in the public domain.
“The redeployment of Sylvia Agu out of Imo State is therefore the only way to restore confidence in the electoral process, guarantee a credible election and avert crisis in the State.
“This is especially so as there are very disturbing allegations in the public space of clandestine meetings between Prof. Agu and certain APC agents said to have been facilitated by her close relative, who is an APC national officer, ahead of the November 11, 2023 governorship election in Imo State.”