By Austine Obogo
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected results of the Presidential Elections from Nasarawa State, saying the ruling All Progressives Congress is manipulating the results of the Presidential election.
During a press briefing in Abuja, the party’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus, insisted that the results were manipulated between ward collation centres and the collation centre in Abuja.
“Firstly, I want to categorically state that our collation centers have all original results from every polling unit, in every ward, in every Local Government Area (LGA) in Nigeria, of which the international community is well aware, implying all results currently being announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is incorrect thus unacceptable to our party and people,” he said.
According to the Presidential Election Returning Officer for Nasarawa State, Azubuike Nwankwo, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 289, 903 votes to defeat the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, who garnered 283,847 votes.
But the PDP has accused both the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressive Congress (APC), of working with INEC officers, to allegedly manipulate the “figures for results already announced at polling units nationwide, in Local Government Areas (LGAs) where our party, the PDP, had commanding votes; this must now be resisted by every well-meaning Nigerian.”
He alleged that “With the INEC IT server hacked by agents of the APC to manipulate results, we can with certainty state that results from the following polling units have, for example, been tampered with, note: Sarkin Dawaki ward in Doma LGA, Nassarawa state; Doka ward in Doma LGA – Nassarawa state; Agyaragin – Tofa ward.” The PDP chairman added that 10,000 illegal votes were “added to already announced results in Wurno LGA in Sokoto state”.
The PDP further accused the APC of using the instruments of state power, including the military, police, and DSS to muzzle the opposition and influence the outcome of the election. According to the PDP, this is against the spirit of the “Peace Accord, which called for impartiality and non-partisanship by members of our security organization with constitutional roles to play during this civic exercise.”
In response to this allegations, the APC described it as baseless and they went ahead to described pdp as a dead party and ask if its possible for a dead part to win election.