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How INEC Allowed Over-Voting In Akwa Ibom State

Posted: May 9, 2015 at 6:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Rotimi Akinwumi –  Abuja

 

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Akwa Ibom State have told the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, how the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rigged at the polls conducted in the state; saying the results declared contradicted the number of voters accredited through the card reader machine used in verifying the Permanent Voters Cards at the polling units.

Whereas the card reader captured 437,128 voters and transmitted same to INEC in Abuja, for the governorship and House of Assembly elections, the figure declared by the state INEC office was 1,122,836 – a difference of 685708.

The Akwa Ibom State  APC stakeholders led by the APC Governorship candidate, Umana Okon Umana, said having challenged the result of the elections conducted in the state in the court, the facts of the elections balloting as made available by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), National Headquarters showed that the result of votes declared for the PDP was actually more than the figure of voters officially accredited by INEC for the elections at the polling booths on the elections date.

“Your Excellency, we are pleased to inform you that we have challenged the outcome of the purported elections at the Tribunals.

“It may interest you, Sir, to know also that figures declared in the elections by the Akwa Ibom State INEC office were at variance significantly with figures captured by card readers and transmitted to INEC database in the Commission office in Abuja.

“For instance, data obtained from INEC Head Office in Abuja show that the total number of accredited voters captured by card readers for the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in Akwa Ibom State was 437,128, but the figure declared by the state INEC office was 1,122,836.

“By INEC guidelines, use of the card reader was mandatory in the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections” he said. The team also urged Buhari to revisit the bloodletting that characterised the elections in the state during the election.

“Your position on electoral reform is therefore apt, and we wish to commend you on your determination to reform and reposition the electoral process to make elections more credible in Nigeria.

“With specific reference to the manifold cases of violence and bloodshed that rocked our state before and during the general elections, we demand justice for the families of those who were killed and maimed.

“We also hope that those who masterminded those crimes of electoral violence and fraud would not be allowed to escape justice” he said.

Buhari in his comments assured the team that the rule of law will be allowed to prevail under his leadership as he urged the Akwa Ibom leadership of the party not to despair but be steadfast in what they believe in.