…says the exercise was full of fraud, manipulations
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the results of local council elections held in Kaduna state on Saturday.
The party, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan and made available to journalists on Sunday described the exercise as ‘highly provocative and fraudulent’.
It accused the ruling APC and Nasir El-Rufai-led government of altering the results of the poll, saying the party won in most of the areas declared in favour of the ruling party, including the Governor’s ward.
“From the reports of results at the polling centers, it is clear that the PDP defeated the APC in most of the areas where elections held across the state, including Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s ward where the PDP led with over 90% percent of the votes cast.
“The result of this election is a clear testimony of our popularity in the state. As such, PDP rejects the fraud by Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) in altering the results in favour of APC.
“It is totally intolerable for KADSIECOM, working in cahoots with the discredited APC, to engage in the manipulation of the collation process by changing the figures and announcing final results that are different from figures tallied at the polling centers.
“Such daylight robbery by the APC is absolutely unacceptable, particularly, given the precarious security situation in the state.
“We have preponderance of instances where final electoral officers were whisked away to unknown destinations by agents of Kaduna state government, aided by security agencies, while fake results are being announced in favour of the APC,” the statement said.
Though, the party did not state whether it will challenge the proclaimed results in court, but warned the electoral umpire, KADSIECOM, led by Dr. Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu, to withdraw already announced results adding that Kaduna state should not be thrown into a political confusion.
“The PDP cautions the Chairman of KADSIECOM, Dr. Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu to save the state from avoidable stress by resisting the APC, withdrawing all altered final results and announcing only results that reflect the actual wishes of the people as expressed in the ballot.
“KADSIECOM Chairman must note that the entire world is watching and history beckons as she makes her decision to stand either on the side of truth, justice and honour or on the side of corruption, treachery and infamy,” the party noted.