By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA— Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to discontinue forthwith the ongoing collation of results of Saturday’s Presidential election, saying the process was fraught with irregularities and manipulations.
The party called for outright cancellation of results already collated and announced for Borno, Yobe and Zamfara states.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, Deputy Director-General of PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Tanimu Turaki, said PDP’s over 157,000 votes rendered invalid in Nasarawa State must be restored without further delay.
He said: “The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, demands, in line with the commitment to a transparent, free and fair election, an immediate halt to the on-going collation of results by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, until data from the smart card reader accreditation at the polling units are made available to all the parties in the election.
“The PDP predicates its demand on available evidence to the effect that data from the card readers are being reconfigured to suit the manipulations, rigging and over-voting already carried out during the election in some states by All Progressives Congress, APC.
“Already, PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, has communicated this position of our party to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.”
According to Tanimu, PDP has evidence from the smart card reader accreditation data “that what is being announced by INEC has been seriously tampered with and manipulated.
“In the meantime, we demand the immediate and outright cancellation of Presidential election results in Yobe, Zamfara, Nasarawa and Borno states as submitted by INEC presiding officers and ask for the conduct of fresh elections in these states.
“In Yobe, the total number of votes submitted as cast was more than the number of accredited voters. Whereas the number of accredited voters was 601,056, the total votes cast was 775,449.
“This is a clear case of over-voting, which, by the provisions of the Electoral Act, renders the election null and void. In such instance, the law provides for another election on a day to be fixed by INEC.
“In Zamfara State, no actual voting took place and there was no single result sheet in any polling unit in the entire state. There was an arrest in Shinkafi Local Government Area, where an APC member was caught thump-printing ballot papers inside his house.
“Results from the presiding officer from Zamfara were concocted and allocated according to the wishes of the leadership of the APC and INEC.
“The PDP, therefore, demands the outright deletion of the results from Zamfara from INEC records and a conduct of free, fair and credible Presidential election in Zamfara State.
“Also in Borno State, there was no election but a figure writing exercise and allocation of results according to the whims and caprices of the APC leaders. We also demand the outright deletion of the results from Borno from INEC records and a conduct of free, fair and credible Presidential election in Borno state.
“In Nasarawa, PDP demands the immediate restoration of our over 157,000 lawful and valid votes, which were unlawfully and arbitrarily cancelled by INEC and the announcement of the actual results from the field.
“Similarly, PDP demands an immediate restoration of our over 79,000 valid votes, which were unlawfully cancelled by INEC in Kogi State and the announcement of the authentic results inclusive of the restored 79,000 votes
“In the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, the PDP demands the restoration of 27,000 valid votes unlawfully and arbitrarily cancelled by INEC and a declaration of the authentic result, inclusive of our restored 27,000 votes.
“In Plateau, the PDP demands the immediate restoration of our over 30,000 lawful and valid votes, which were unlawfully cancelled particularly in Jos North and the declaration of the genuine results as delivered at the polling units inclusive of our 30,000 restored votes.”
Meanwhile, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan has dismissed insinuations in some quarters that the party may be seeking a legal option in the wake of the results collated so far.
In a brief chat with Vanguard on the sideline of the briefing, the publicity scribe said the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, was clearly in the lead from authentic figures derived from polling units across the country and as such, has no need to be mulling over a legal option.
“There is nothing like going to court at this material time. Why should we go to court while we are winning?” he asked rhetorically.