The failure or refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to transmit Saturday’s election results eletronically, as was stipulated, may plunge Nigeria into crisis as the Labour Party, LP has insisted that its national collation agent will not be returning to INEC’s National Collation Centre when it resumes election collation proceedings later today (Tuesday).
A spokesperson for Peter Obi, Datti Baba-Ahmed Presidential Campaign Council, Ndi Kato stated this in an interview with Arise TV on Tuesday, describing Saturday’s election as a sham.
This comes as many parties and the Nigerian people continue to lose trust in INEC following how it handled last Saturday’s election.
She stated, “The walk-out at the National Collation Centre yesterday (Monday) is enough of a statement and it stands.”
On Monday, agents of major opposition parties at the national collation centre in Abuja, including the Labour Party and Peoples Democratic Party, walked out of the venue in protest, demanding the discontinuation of the exercise so as the irregularities could be rectiffied first.
They said, INEC “cannot continue in error”.
Dino Melaye and Emeka Ihedioha of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP had accused the INEC of violating the Electoral Act by going ahead with the result collation and announcement despite not uploading the results on the iREV portal.
Melaye said, “We are not here to rubber stamp the electoral fraud that has been declared by INEC and APC.
“INEC is compromised. APC has influenced INEC.”