The Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party has said that the fire incident which occurred on the premises of the Independent National Electoral Commission ’s office in Akure , Ondo State , on Thursday , was a plot to manipulate the forthcoming governorship election in the state and must be thoroughly investigated by the police .
The PDP candidate in the governorship election , Mr Eyitayo Jegede, also on Friday joined the call for a detailed investigation into the inferno .
This is just as INEC declared that the inferno would not stop it from conducting the October 10 governorship election , as scheduled .
The fire incident had occurred at the Computer Section of the INEC office on Thursday evening , destroying no fewer than 5 ,141 card readers .
The Ondo PDP , in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary , Mr Kennedy Peretei, said , “ Is INEC saying it does not have an internal mechanism to curtail fire outbreak in its office ?
Is the metal container bearing the over 5000 card reader machines connected to electricity ? If so, was the electricity supply not switched off after the close of work at 5 pm ?
“ Where were the security officers on duty at the time the fire started ? Why was it that fire engulfed the metal container housing over 5000 card reader machines within a few minutes? Indeed , we suspect collusion between some unscrupulous officials of the commission with some politicians to perfect the running plans to rig the October 10 governorship election . ”
Also , the Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organisation noted that it suspected foul play in the inferno and called on security agencies to carry out a proper investigation.