Some youths from Michika/Madagali Federal constituency in Adamawa state have threatened to invade Adamawa state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) if it fails to announce the result of the federal constituency within 48 hours.
In a statement signed by Francis Zaman, who was the PDP collating agent of Pallam/ Kojoti ward, the group vows that “If nothing is done, about the results in the next two days the REC should prepare to host us in his office until our demands are met,”.
The group noted that it was compelled to issue the threat because almost one week after the election was held, the results were yet to be released despite the fact that the election was peaceful and hitch free.
It noted that there is no justification for INEC to refuse to announce the overall result as the results of 25 out of the 26 wards of the constituency have been duly collated and announced with the exception of that of Pallam/Kojiti ward which they alleged to have been snatched by the APC candidate Umaru Duhu and others.
They said there is no way the result of that Pallam/Kojiti ward could change the overall result considering the difference that existed between the leading candidate Adamu Kamale and Umar Duhu whose scores in the collated results were 9,357 and 6,777 votes respectively.
They group noted that the Nigerian Police has provided the security copies of the missing result of the said ward and therefore could not see any reason for the refusal of INEC to announce the result.
In his reaction, APC candidate Dr. Umar Duhu dismissed the allegations adding that they were false, baseless and and could not stand the test of scrutiny.
He added that the group was sponsored by his opponent Adamu Kamale in other to deceive Adamawa citizens adding that he is renowned over the years as a peace maker and could not descend so low to snatch a ballot box.
“I want to put it on record that, all my life, I have been a peaceful person. I am not a thug and cannot be one as an adult.
“I was never at any ward collation center on the day of the election, therefore, I take exception to the exaggeration that, I masterminded the snatching of the election materials for Pallam Kwajiti Ward” he said
Duhu said unlike his opponents who are only complaining about the result of one ward, his complaint was beyond one Ward.
“We are in possession of several other evidence capable of rendering the whole exercise a nullity.
“The evidence are so monumental that, when the whole world sees it, they will be convinced that, Hon. ADAMU Kamale did not merit even half of the votes he claimed to have scored.
“I am happy INEC is on top of the whole issues surrounding the so called March 28 Presidential and National Assembly Elections,” he said.
‘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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