By Marie-Therese Nanlong.
Jos – Following the failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to declare the results of the National Assembly election, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Plateau State has accused the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mallam Husseini Halilu Pai of compromising his position as an umpire.
State Chairman of the Party, Hon. Damishi Sango at a Press Conference held at the Party Secretariat in Jos, accused Pai of setting the whole of Plateau on tension which is a recipe for monumental crisis
Sango said the Northern Zone of the party have received reports from INEC officers on ground and their agents that PDP had roundly won the election and Plateau people will accept nothing less than justice.
“But very surprisingly, INEC summoned the Returning Officers under heavy military intimidation and ordered them to announce the result of the election in favour of APC. Plateau people clearly spoke their minds by vesting their trust in PDP through overwhelmingly voting for the party, Their votes gave PDP unassailable victory across the state. We salute our supporters for their commitment and resilience in seeking to chart a new course for a united, secure and prosperous Plateau.
“However, we are saddened to note that four days after the conduct of the elections, INEC is yet to turn in the final results and declare the winners.
“We are therefore alerting the nation and the world to hold the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Husseini Halilu Pai responsible for any breakdown of law and order.”
He disclosed that there was clear pressure on the Returning Officer to declare the result in favour of APC
“INEC picked Tudun Wada-Kabong ward, a stronghold of the PDP in Jos North LGA and has withheld the results of all the 65 units with a total voter population of about 92 thousand people. It is therefore evident that the wholesome cancellation of units across the state was deliberately targeted at disenfranchising the people and weakening PDP bases.
The party however appeal to REC to douse the rising tension by immediately releasing the results, saying the know where the pressure is coming, stressing, ” Governor Lalong wants a second tenure at the expense of the blood and peace of Plateau. The governor has been blackmailed by some elements in the state who want him to give them certain elective positions in exchange for their support for his re-election.”