Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state, has alleged that the portrait of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian convicted for terrorism in the United States, is on a fake voter register in the state.
Speaking when John Bray, United States consul general, visited him in Lagos, Oshiomhole said he was shocked to see the portrait of the “underwear bomber” in the fake register, but with a Benin name.
Abdulmutallab was caught on December 25, 2009 aboard an airline while attempting to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear.
“I was shocked to find the portrait of Abdulmutalab, and that can interest your excellency, the young man who has been jailed in the United States for a terrorism,” he said.
“His portrait is in the fake voter’s register with a Benin name under it. i am certain if you look at the face, if we don’t understand the face, you the United States officers understand the face. And you discover the name under that, that it’s a Republic of Benin name in Ovia south-west.
“We have proof of two versions of voter’s register, the one they have officially distributed and the one that some elements within the ICT in INEC have also created in Abuja. And what they have done in the past, which we hear they want to re-enact again, is that whereas they will display one voter’s register which is reasonably correct, there are still some flaws but let me say it is regarding 85 % correct, they also have a fake one which they intend to bring and spring a surprise in certain locations where they believe that they have no probability, and when the voters go there and you find a voter’s register different from the one that you understand, there will be confusion in those ballot centres.
“At the end, you may end up having people’s voice level going up and one thing resulting in the other, and you could have violence. We will show you those samples between the one that we know and the one we have gotten through our intelligence and i want to give a duplicate to the embassy, and so you can study it and see it. That, for me, is the only issue i am worried about. If the INEC has 2 versions of voter register and they display one officially, then we have issue. And the reason why this is very worrisome for me is that in my in 2012 election in, INEC tried to use this method to disenfranchise many of our supporters.”
Oshiomhole also faulted INEC for allegedly registering some PDP members as election observers.
He said a PDP leader in his community was registered as an observer, and some of the thugs employed by the individual, whom he identified as “Tenebe”, engaged the police in a gunfight on Monday night.
“Last night, in my local government, one of the PDP leaders, who incidentally is on the list of INEC observers, I can be very specific, one Tenebe. We have information that he got boys around and they were shooting but the police went to arrest them; they engaged the police in a shooting,” he said.
“The police had to go and reinforce. As we speak, I don’t have information on how that was settled. If you have people like this engaged in violence, then it poses a challenge.
“Sadly, it takes more than one hand in this case to attain a free and fair election. All the political parties should be committed to putting away this issue.”