By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP disclosed yesterday that it has written a petition to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to cancel the results of seven states in last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections over what it described as electoral malpractices.
Addressing journalists yesterday in Abuja, Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus listed the seven states as Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna, Gombe, Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi States, adding that based on concrete facts collated by the party agents on the field, the party had already petitioned the INEC through its Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs in the affected states.
Secondus, who alleged that in the seven states, under-aged were allowed to vote in contravention of the Electoral Act, also said voting took place late in the night in the affected states.
Secondus declared that the conducts of the election in the affected states were characterised by under-aged voting, mid-night voting, voting to rig and insurgency attacks on voters in connivance with the officials of INEC.
According to him,”We want to put the entire world on notice the evil plans of the main opposition, the All Progressive Congress, APC, in their clandestine meetings of releasing unauthorised election results by the INEC to the members of the public.
“The sole aim of this is to mislead Nigerians and the international community though their propaganda machinery. We believe in the rule of law and the electoral law as amended.
“As we speak, our state chapters have petitioned to the state Resident Electoral Commissioners and were on their way to Abuja to submit similar ones at the Commission’s Headquarters to its Chairman, Professor Jega because we are being guided by law.”
“In Kano state specifically,we are all aware that voters turned out en mass to vote but regrettably, majority of them turned out to be under aged voters,we have evidence,voting also took place at night for rigging,our state chapter had already petitioned the REC about all these malpractices”.
“In Gombe, similar thing happened, there were insurgency attacks on voters and electoral officers and people ran away for their lives but at the end of the day results were procured in favour of the APC,”
“Similar scenario played out in other states mentioned earlier and in view of this,we are calling for the total cancellation of the Presidential election results in the seven states”,he declared.