The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says some unknown persons in the party are trying to submit illegal names to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 general election.
Spokesman for the party Kola Ologbondiyan said the PDP was aware of moves to submit unauthorised names from illegal primaries conducted, especially in Ogun state.
The PDP spokesperson added that some members of the party bought fake nomination forms from unknown individuals who kept the proceeds to themselves.
Ologbondiyan added that anyone who attempts to present any name from such illegal primaries as candidates of the party will be arrested and prosecuted.
His words: “The PDP is aware that such elements forged and sold various fake nomination forms, and cornered the proceeds for their selfish gains.
“Those who unwittingly bought these fake nomination forms did not pass through the due process of screening and did not participate in primaries as officially conducted by the Electoral Committee set up by the National Working Committee.
“The conduct of primaries and submission of names of candidate remain in the purview of the National Working Committee.
“Any other purported primaries by any state chapter or any other level of the party is absolutely illegal and of no consequence.
“The PDP, therefore, warns, in the strongest possible term, that anybody who attempts to present any name from such illegal primaries as candidates of our party will face arrest and prosecution for forgery and stealing of funds derived from the sale of fake nomination forms.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had scheduled the submission of candidates’ names for presidential and national assembly elections between October 10 and October 18.