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PDP blames INEC for  2019 polls’ flaws

 

THE All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the claim by Atiku Abubakar , the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  in the just concluded election that he won the 2019 presidential election by 1.6 million votes’ margin as the after – effect of post – election “depression and hallucination”.

APC said that the claim by the PDP and its presidential candidate was ridiculous and at best, the antics of the opposition to “cheer up its crestfallen and disillusioned members”.

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had while declaring President Mohammadu Buhari winner of the 2019 presidential poll, announced that the incumbent got over 15.1million of the votes with Atiku polling 11.2 million votes.

Atiku and PDP have however filed a petition to the presidential petition tribunal challenging the result announced by INEC and asking to be declared winner of the poll.

APC, in a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa– Onilu,  said it was not unaware of PDP’s plot to discredit the presidential election, describing the recent claim by Atiku as abnormal.

“Judging by Atiku and PDP’s recent utterances and actions, it is now clear that they have slipped into severe depression and post-defeat hallucination that have left many Nigerians questioning their current state of mind.

“However, of all the prayers of Atiku before the Election Tribunal, which are at best hollow, the most ridiculous is his claim that the server of the INEC indicated he ‘won’ the Presidential Election by 1.6million votes”.

Onilu said the continuous refrain to INEC server by the opposition in trying to justify the claim raises questions which the INEC and security agencies must quickly plug.

“We call on the INEC and the security agencies to be on red alert to ensure that Atiku and the other desperate characters in the PDP are not able to execute their evil plans”; he said.

However, rising  from a meeting yesterday, leaders of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for flaws in the 2019 general elections.

The 85th emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of PDP scored the 2019 general elections very low while accusing INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, of delaying the election in Rivers and Bauchi States.

Most state governors from the party were absent in the meeting. Explaining the absence of the party’s governors at the emergency NEC meeting, the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, said that “obviously, we are in election season. So you can’t blame anybody. We are in election season. Most of the states are having a re-run, if not for governorship, for State or National Assembly. So, we don’t have anybody to blame at all.”

Secondus was reacting to the comment of the former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, who said: “I think we must at the end of the day, really come out and say something and do something for those members who habitually are absent in our meetings. It sends wrong signals to the outside world. In addition, while the governors are not here, the former governors are here.”

Secondus warned that if the nation loses confidence in the judiciary, the country is finished, adding that “as far as we are concerned INEC is the culprit. The security should keep to the rule of engagement. They should keep to their constitutional role.”

Secondus, however, noted that inconclusive is a terminology created by INEC and All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in his remarks said that what happened during the election is pure evil, adding, “our consolation as members of this party is that evil does not last and no evil doer has ever escaped punishment. If they do what others have done before, they will see what those who do evil saw. Definitely, they cannot escape from it. It’s a law of nature and in the scripture of God, whatever you sow so you shall reap.

“I want to use this opportunity to remind INEC that we should escape the trap of always getting Nigeria to be slanted as bad when they are looking for an example of a bad precedent. Elections are done all over the world. Elections are conducted in Africa and at no time have we heard of these inconclusive elections in other jurisdiction. Ghana elections were held not long ago.”

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki said that if anybody believes that the election is a loss to PDP, it is actually a loss to the country that history will not forgive.

“I think this victory that the other party has seen is going to be short-lived. We have a great future ahead and I believe we will start that on Saturday to make sure that we defend those five states that are declared inconclusive.

“We have done an election that no doubt anybody and even those that think they have won are ashamed of. I think it is a shame to the country and to those that were given that responsibility,” he said.

 

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