PDP, LP, ADC call for resignation of INEC chair, cancellation of elections over compromise
The coalition of the three political parties have called for an outright cancellation of the 2023 presidential election results on Monday, February 27, 2023, over alleged widespread rigging and manipulation of results.
The coalition comprising the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party, and the African Democratic Congress (ADC) made these calls for fresh elections that will be credible and transparent during a press conference held in Abuja on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.
While delivering a statement on behalf of the coalition, the Labour Party National Chairman, Julius Abure, accused the chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, of compromise.
He alleged that officials of the commission colluded with some elements from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to alter the results of the presidential and national assembly elections conducted on Saturday.
In a joint statement by the parties at the National Collation Centre in Abuja, the LP National Chairman, Julius Abure, said INEC has compromised the integrity of the election.
The parties, however, called for a fresh election, saying the exercise was not free and fair and called on President Buhari to uphold his promise of delivering a free, fair, and credible election to Nigerians.
The coalition also lamented that the results that are being announced at the collation centre in Abuja are in conflict with what were recorded at various polling units across the country.
“We are therefore constrained on this development to state that INEC compromised the integrity of this elections even before collation commenced at the polling units.
“Section 60 sub-section 5 of the Electoral Act says that the presiding officer shall transfer the results, including total number of accredited voter and the results of the ballots in a manner as prescribed by the commission.
“A failure to comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act and the guidelines makes it imperative that all results recently uploaded on the IReV portal must be updated before they are announced.
“INEC went back on that promise…This election is not free and far from being fair and transparent.”
“We shall not be part of the electoral process currently going on at the National Collation Centre and we demand that this sham of an election be immediately cancelled.
“We also call for a fresh election to be carried out in accordance to the laid down INEC procedure.”
“We therefore call on Yakubu to step aside from his role,” he said.