PDP Alleges Foul Play As INEC Declares Gov Polls In Six States Inconclusive

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has alleged foul play as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared governorship elections in six states inconclusive.

The state are Kano, Sokoto, Benue, Bauchi, Adamawa and Plateau.

The PDP accused the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, of playing the script of the ruling All Progressives Congress by declaring these governorship elections inconclusive.

INEC had scandalously failed to announce a winner in the Kano State governorship election, with the Peoples Democratic Party leading.

The PDP says INEC has become openly partisan, surrendering its independence to the APC and carrying on as a compromised umpire with obnoxious impunity.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan said this at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, claiming that his party is in possession of intelligence reports that INEC was being remotely controlled by the Presidency.

He said, “The PDP has full intelligence of how INEC is acting on instructions from the Buhari Presidency and the APC in orchestrating unwholesome situations and declaring already concluded governorship elections in Sokoto, Adamawa, Bauchi, Plateau as well as other states as inconclusive, immediately it became obvious that the PDP was set to win.

“This also informs the foisting of unexplainable stoppage and delays in the announcement of already collated results in other states where the PDP is clearly leading the race, from the results so far declared at the polling units.

“Our party has also been informed of how INEC is now seeking ways to use the situation to aid the APC to alter the results and announce the APC candidates as winners in the elections clearly led by the PDP just as it did in the 2018 Osun State governorship election.

“In some of the states like Rivers, the PDP has information of plots by the APC to leverage the declaration by INEC to unleash more violence on the state and push for isolated election where they can bring in more security forces to concentrate on forcefully taking over the state.

“Already, in Rivers State, INEC is under heavy pressure from the Director General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to redeploy and replace the state Resident Electoral Commissioner as well as the Administrative Secretary.

“This will be totally unacceptable, completely provocative and shall be firmly resisted by the people even if the totality of our nation’s security is deployed to Rivers State.”

The PDP spokesman warned INEC chairman to avoid the “wrath of the people” by perishing the thought of falsifying results for the APC and immediately announce the results in these states and others.

He stated that PDP candidates, based on results already declared at the poling units, wards and local government collation centres, already won.

“Prof. Yakubu must have noted how his name is becoming synonymous with electoral manipulations, among Nigerians, and the fact that our citizens and international community hold him responsible for the rigging of the presidential and other elections for the APC.

“Today, majority of Nigerians and the global democratic institutions are questioning the state of our democracy and electoral processes, which have been under siege under the supervision of President Buhari and Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

“In the light of these INEC’s manipulative tendencies, the PDP therefore charges our leaders, teeming members and lovers of democracy in the affected states to immediately commence a march to INEC offices and use all legitimate means to protect our mandate as freely given by the people at the polling units across the nation,” Ologbondiyan said.

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