The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has questioned the conduct of some INEC officials and security agencies in the last Saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Monday, said the elections were characterised by widespread irregularities supported by certain INEC and security officials to the advantage of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
He wondered if such officials were intimidated by APC’s blackmail and propaganda to deliver its candidates in the polls.
“Evidences abound of widespread irregularities across the country with INEC rejecting results from the strongholds of PDP candidates for no just cause while accepting the figures those of the APC.
“In Lagos, Adamawa, Plateau, Benue, Kwara, Ogun, Oyo, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Nasarawa, Niger, Yobe, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi and Imo states, there are proofs of electoral manipulations ranging from underage voting, ballot stuffing and intimidation of PDP supporters to alteration of some aspects of the process in favour of APC.
“In Abia state, but for the outcry of the people and timely intervention of the INEC headquarters which rejected the illegal cancellation of results from three local governments and strongholds of the PDP by the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) even after they have been announced by the returning officers, the PDP would have been robbed of its well deserved victory in those areas,” Metuh said.
The party’s spokesman said as a responsible party committed to national unity and democracy, PDP members have remained peaceful and orderly.
“Our candidates have been conceding defeat in the interest of peace while we elect to channel our protest to the appropriate quarters. The same have not been seen of the APC, which has unleashed its members to cause mayhem and harass our supporters in states where PDP candidates clearly won, such as Akwa-Ibom, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Ondo, Rivers and Gombe states,” he said.
He urged INEC to take disciplinary actions against its erring officials.
“We strongly call to question the sincerity of some of the observers especially regarding their failure to raise issues on the irregularities that characterised the voting pattern in most of the states where APC candidates have been declared winner,” he added.
Metuh called on Nigerians and the international community to note the emerging dangerous trend in the country.
“There are rising concerns that the APC may have commenced a systematic destruction of democratic institutions and culture, which the PDP successfully nurtured in the last 16 years. Indeed, we wonder if there is a deliberate attempt to also erode the discipline and professionalism of our security forces and entrench the culture of impunity our society,” he stated.
He, however, urged the citizens not to despair but to brace up and resist all anti-democratic and dictatorial tendencies noting that it is re positioning to stand by the people by providing a credible opposition and returning to power in four years time.
He directed all its elected and appointed officials to be ready to make sacrifices, ensure judicious use of resources and gear up for a rescue mission in the overall interest of the Nigerian people.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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