The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of Saturday’s presidential election, having polled a total of 15,191,847 votes across the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory.
Buhari defeated his closest rival and Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate (PDP), Atiku Abubakar in 19 states and secured the mandatory 25 per cent in over two third of the states. The PDP’s standard bearer lost in the contest despite winning in 18 states and polling 11,262,978 votes cast in his favour.
But the PDP has rejected the result outrightly saying the party was robbed. It alleged that smart card readers were compromised in some states and that some of its votes were arbitrarily nullified by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to pave way for Buhari to be declared winner.
The party had called for data from the smart card reader accreditation at the polling units to be made available to all parties.
Tanimu Turaki, SAN, Deputy Director General (Admin) “We have evidence from the smart card reader accreditation data that what was 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, where an APC member was caught thumb printing ballot papers inside his house”.
He said both the APC and INEC concocted and allocated results according to the wishes of the leadership of the APC and its candidate.
Turaki, who also called for outright deletion of the results from Zamfara said: “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, the 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, the 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 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.”
Another PDP stalwart, Osita Chidoka, in his reaction called on Nigerians to disregard the results until INEC provides the data from the smart card reader accreditation at the polling units.
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