NIGERIA DECIDES PDP demands halt to announcement of results – Independent Observers

NIGERIA DECIDES PDP demands halt to announcement of results

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By Bayode Sipasi

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded immediate stoppage of the ongoing collation of results of Saturday’s presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Taminu Turaki, SAN, the Deputy Director General (Admin) of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, said collation of results must be stopped until data from the smart card reader accreditation at the polling units are made available to all the parties in the election. The party alleged manipulations, rigging and over-voting in some states.

“The PDP predicates its demand on available evidence to the effect that data from the card readers are being reconfigured to suit the manipulations, rigging and over-voting already carried out during the election in some states by the All Progressives Congress (APC)”, Turaki said.

Turaki added that the National Chairman of the PDP, had already communicated the party’s position to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

“We have evidence from the smart card reader accreditation data that what is being announced by INEC has been seriously tampered with and manipulated,” Turaki said.

The main opposition party also demanded the immediate and outright cancellation of results of the presidential election in Borno, Yobe, Zamafara and Nasarawa States, as submitted by INEC’s presiding officers. The PDP called for the conduct of fresh elections in the affected states.

Continuing, the PDP chieftain said, “In Yobe, the total number of votes submitted as cast was more than the number of accredited voters. Whereas the number of accredited voters was 601, 056, the total votes cast was 775, 449.

“This is a clear case of over-voting which, by the provisions of the Electoral Act, renders the election null and void. In such instance, the law provides for another election on a day to be fixed by INEC.

“In Zamfara state, no actual voting took place and there was no single result sheet in any polling unit in the entire state. There was an arrest in Shinkafi Local Government, where an APC member was caught thump-printing ballot papers inside his house.

“Results from the presiding officer from Zamfara were concocted and allocated according to the wishes of the leadership of the APC and INEC.

“The PDP therefore demands the outright deletion of the results from Zamfara from INEC records and a conduct of free, fair and credible presidential election in Zamfara state. {

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