By Wole Mosadomi
Aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, women, yesterday, stormed Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, office along David Mark Road, Minna, Niger State to protest the outcome of the governorship election in the state.
They had earlier stormed the commission’s office, Sunday night when results of the elections were being collated to register their displeasure. But they did not receive any attention, hence the repeat of the protest yesterday.
The protest was, however, extended to PDP secretariat and the residence of the party’s flag bearer in the election, Alhaji Umar Nasko.
The protest, which was led by Hajia Talatu Salka, a former member of the state House of Assembly, Hajia Sadaatu Kolo, and Mrs Dorothy Nuhu was, however, peaceful.
Chanting solidarity songs to express their grievances, the women described the state INEC as a biased umpire, claiming the body had been compromised and had connived with All Progressives Congress, APC, to rig the election.
Recall that the results declared by INEC had shown Governor Abubakar Bello of APC polling 526,412 votes as against Nasko, who pulled 298,065 votes.
Salka while addressing party faithful at the secretariat, described the result as a “daylight robbery. We cannot agree with the results announced by INEC because there is no way we couldn’t have won at least one local government area after going around the 25 local government areas, especially with the general acceptance of our party and candidate by the people.
“There are indications that voters were bought over with cash, wrappers among others and worst is the fact that our supporters were openly intimidated and tortured on the election day.”
Another spokesperson of the protesters, Mrs Dorothy Nuhu, wondered why Nasko wouldn’t have won in his local government, claiming it was a “perfect rigging” exhibited by APC.
However, PDP leadership was not on the ground to receive the women at the secretariat just as Nasko was not also available in his residence to receive them.