The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) worked against his party in the last general election conducted barely a few weeks ago.
Oshiomhole disclosed this during an interview tagged “Hard Copy” on Channels Television on Friday evening.
“I have huge reservations about the way INEC conducted this election. INEC bias against APC is so clear”, he said. “INEC was biased even in the way it dealt with our primaries, INEC was biased in the way in which it selectively used the card readers or the non-use of card readers in some states where it suits them.”
The Chairman claimed INEC’s non-use of card readers led to the lost of some of the states to the opposition parties.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reclaimed four states from the APC in the last election (Ogun, Adamawa, Bauchi and Imo State while the APC claimed two states, Kwara and Gombe state from its main opposition.
Oshiomhole vowed never to defend INEC “gross misconduct regarding the last election
Oshiomhole was not the only one who believed the card reader was an issue in the last election, the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku
The PDP candidate is currently challenging the President, Muhammadu Buhari’s victory.
On the issue of the leadership of the National Assembly, Oshiomhole cleared the air that he has no power to
“Do I look like someone who can appoint and impose somebody on the Senate, even if I wished to? All I have is to persuade. The power to negotiate and the power to point out what might go wrong if the party does not organise itself as to obtain a process for electing leadership,” he said.
The former Edo State governor assured that all the six geopolitical zones will have a principal officer in the state and House of Representatives
There has been power
Some lawmakers under the APC, particularly Mr Ali Ndume, a Borno Senator who seeks to be the Senate President, have opposed the move.