Alleges plot to cancel additional 114, 555 votes
By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA-The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday warned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, against the temptation to alter already tallied and declared results in 14 more local governments in the Bauchi governorship election which held on March 9.
This is even as the party claimed that information at its disposal revealed that there are “known top ranking officials of INEC, who have been bribed with huge sums of money by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to widen the scope of result cancellation beyond Tafawa Balewa to 14 more Local Government Areas, LGAs and hike the number of cancelled votes from 70,000 to 184, 555.”
To achieve this, the party claimed that “INEC has been instructed by the APC to cancel already declared results in 230 polling units in 15 LGAs, in the state, cause confusion and pave the way for the APC to manipulate the March 23 supplementary elections.”
Addressing a press conference at the party’s national secretariat on Friday, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, warned of dire consequences in the event of electoral manipulation.
He said, “The PDP warns that with the charged atmosphere in Bauchi state and the level of awareness attained by the people of the state, any attempt by anybody to touch the already announced results will attract serious consequences to the conspirators.”
The publicity scribe noted that the plot to shortchange the PDP was not unconnected with its fate-bound victory, saying, “Seeing that our party, the PDP, and our candidate, Senator Bala Mohammed, are inevitably coasting to victory, being that Tafawa Balewa is home to the PDP, the APC is instructing INEC to cancel elections in more local governments where it plans to manipulate the processes and allocate fictitious results for the APC at the March 23 polls.
“The PDP states that such a wicked plot cannot stand, as the people of Bauchi state have fully rallied themselves for a firm resistance.”
He contunued: “Our party is already in possession of a leaked document from the Bauchi INEC office, which exposed details of this wicked plot against the people of Bauchi state.
“This plot further justifies our stance that even the cancellation of Tafawa Balewa results was orchestrated by the APC and INEC in the ignoble bid to forcefully rob the people of Bauchi state of their choice of the PDP candidate, Senator Bala Mohammed, as their governor.
“It is public knowledge that by the results delivered at the polling units, Bala Mohammed was already leading with over 4,000 votes after results of 19 LGAs were collated and announced.
“With Tafawa Balewa LGA, where the PDP scored 40,000 valid votes against the APC’s 29,000, it is clear that our party won the election with about 15,000 votes, only for the results of the Tafawa Balewa LGA to be cancelled for no just cause by INEC.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note that Tafawa Balewa result was cancelled by the state Returning Officer, Professor Mohammed Kyari, who unilaterally ruled that there was no result for the LGA even when the Collation Officer, Mrs. Dominion Anosike, had informed the commission that there was no any incident of cancellation, violence or electoral malpractices at both the polling unit and ward levels.
“Though the PDP vehemently rejects the cancellation of Tafawa Balewa, we stand with the people of Bauchi state, in the determination to go to the supplementary election on March 23 and reinforce our candidate’s victory in Tafawa Balewa LGA. This is in addition to the resolve to vehemently resist any attempt by INEC to tamper with already declared results in the other 19 local governments of state.
“The PDP therefore urges the INEC fact-finding committee headed by a National Commissioner to be guided by the extant rules as established in court rulings that the polling units is a base of our elections and that once declaration has been made at the polling units and return of votes established, INEC no longer has powers to influence the results from such polling units.”
The PDP further advised the ruling party to accept its defeat not only in Bauchi state but also in Sokoto, Benue, Plateau, Kano as well as Adamawa states.”
Fiddling questions from journalists on the sidelines of the press conference, Ologbondiyan said the party wants nothing but the declaration of its governorship candidate in Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, winner of the February 23 gubernatorial election.
He also noted that the PDP was aware of huge sums of money allegedly released to procure victory for the APC in the supplementary elections, adding however that the people have resolved to rally round the PDP governorship candidates in the respective states.
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