Ahead of the governorship and state assembly elections in Bauchi State, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has strongly alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have collected bride from the All Progressive Congress (APC) to manipulate the election.
The opponent party are confident of winning the state but fear that the ruling party are colluding with INEC to increase the number of cancelled votes from 70,000 to 184, 555 by tampering with the already declared results during the March 9 governorship and state assembly elections.
Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Adamawa, Sokoto and Plateau where declared inconclusive by INEC, following the cancellation of results in the Tafawa Balewa local government area and Mach 23 have been fixed for supplementary election in the six states.
However, at a media briefing in Abuja Friday, spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, cautioned the electoral body alleged attempts to tamper with the returned results or cancel already tallied results in 14 local governments, as declared by INEC.
The main opposition party further warned the INEC to be mindful of the already charged atmosphere in Bauchi and the level of awareness among the electorate, stressing that any attempt to touch the already announced results will attract “serious consequences to the conspirators.”
“The PDP already have full information of plots by certain 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 and hike the number of cancelled votes from 70,000 to 184, 555.
“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.
“Seeing that 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 the commission 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 and the people of Bauchi have fully rallied themselves for a firm resistance,” Ologbondiyan said.
Kola Ologbondiyan revealed that the PDP was already in possession of a leaked document from the Bauchi INEC office, which exposed details of the plot against the people of Bauchi state.
He said:“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, Senator Bala Mohammed was already leading with over 4,000 votes after results of 19 LGAs were collated and announced.
“With Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area, 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 by INEC for no just cause.
“We invite Nigerians to note that Tafawa Balewa result was cancelled by the state Returning Officer, Prof. 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 the 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, the commission no longer has powers to influence the results from such polling units.
“We counsel the APC to accept its defeat not only in Bauchi state but also in Sokoto, Benue, Plateau, Kano as well as Adamawa states, and end its shenanigans, as such will amount to naught.”
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