PDP, Obi Speak on Presidential Results, Accuse INEC of Manipulation


Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to stop the ongoing collation and announcement of  results of the 2019 Presidential election accusing it of tempering with the card readers.

Addressing journalists at the PDP secretariat annex in the nation’s capital, the Deputy Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, Tanimu Turaki, insisted that the results as announced by INEC so far had been tampered with.

He said, “We have evidence from the smart card reader accreditation data that what is being announced by INEC has been seriously tampered with and manipulated.

“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 the All Progressives Congress (APC).

”Mr. Turaki said that already, the PDP National Chairman, Mr. Uche Secondus, has communicated the party’s position to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, saying that “In Yobe, the total number of votes submitted as cast was more than the number of accredited voters.

Meanwhile, the running mate of PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Mr. Peter Obi, has alleged that there was an orchestrated plan to disfranchise voters in the South-East region of the country in last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

During a press briefing in Onitsha on Tuesday, Mr. Obi questioned why Anambra State with 2.4 million registered voters had only about 600,000 votes cast, while some states in the troubled region of the North recorded far more, even less registered voters. Mr. Obi also alleged that there was the absence of a level playing field in the run-up to the polls, as characterised by high level of intimidation and harassment of the opposition.

“I noticed on the day of the election that several card readers were not working. I also noticed that during the voting, the process was clumsy because card readers were not functioning and where they worked they were slow,” he said.

The former governor of Anambra State also alleged inflation of votes in some areas where the APC won, adding that the country had failed to build on the success achieved in the 2015 general elections.

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