Abuja – Following the declaration of Sokoto, Adamawa, Bauchi, Plateau and Benue states governorship elections as inconclusive, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, of overtly playing the script of the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) by declaring states where the PDP is in clear lead as inconclusive.
Addressing newsmen on Monday in Abuja, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan warned the commission against result alterations.
Ologbondiyan insisted that INEC, under Prof. Yakubu, has become overtly partisan, surrendered its independence to the APC and has carried on as a compromised umpire with “obnoxious impunity”, thereby sending signals of being heavily bribed by the APC to alter results for its candidates.
The party spokesman said that the party had full intelligence information on 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 becomes 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 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 APC to leverage on the declaration by INEC to unleash more violence in 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 Organization and Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, to post out and replace the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) 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.
“This is more so as results of all the state assembly elections in Rivers state have been declared and winners had emerged,” he said.
The party cautioned Prof. Yakubu and his INEC to perish the thoughts of altering any figures for the APC and to immediately announce “our winning results in these states and others where our candidates clearly won, going by the results already declared at the poling units, wards and local government collation. Anything short of this will attract the legitimate wrath of the people.
“This is because Nigerians are already aware that elections have been concluded in these states; results have been collated and declared at the polling units, ward and local government collation centers and all returning officers and political parties conclusively have the figures.”
Meanwhile, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has said that an electoral war in the magnitude of that of 1983 is looming in states like Rivers over the alleged desperate moves by the Nigerian Army and the All Progresives Congress to announce fake governorship election results in Army Barracks in favour of an unknown and non existence party called AAC.
CUPP, in a statement by its spokesman, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere condemned the use of thugs allegedly belonging to All Progressives Congress (APC) and security agents to cause electoral crisis in Rivers state.
“We hereby say without mincing words that the undemocratic activities of the military and other security agencies in Rivers State are tantamount to treasonable felony and should be viewed and treated that way.
“This is an assault on democratic institutions in the country and should be resisted and condemned by all lovers of democracy within and outside the country,” CUPP said.