SHAME THE DEVIL: ACN asks PDP to open up on Jega’s bribery claim
Published:17 Nov, 2012
The Action Congress of Nigeria has called on the Peoples Democratic Party to open up on the allegation that political parties were budgeting money to bribe security agencies and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, had raised the alarm that political parties usually earmarked funds to bribe INEC and security agents during election periods.
But in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Thursday, the Rivers State chapter of the ACN insisted that only the PDP was involved in such an act.
Though the statement signed by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Jerry Needam, described Jega’s ‘confession’ as belated, it added that those involved in bribing electoral officials and security agents were political parties that had access to public funds from oil windfall.
Needam stated that the INEC boss fell short of mentioning names in order to safeguard his job as the chairman of the electoral body.
The party’s spokesman said the startling pronouncement by the INEC chairman could be referring to no other political party, but the PDP.