Labour Party (LP), one of the three major political parties, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of collaborating with political and non-political actors to rig the election results. The party also kicked against the failure of the electoral umpire to follow the published and laid down process.
This was contained in a statement signed by the party’s National Chairman Julius Abure and released via Twitter on Sunday night. The party noted that the actions of INEC have made many young Nigerians disappointed and disillusioned.
The statement reads in part “The exercise has left millions of Nigerians disappointed and disillusioned because of the unprofessional conduct of state and non-state actors who participated in the process.”
Noting that the amended 2022 Electoral Act was abused, the Labour party stated that the process of electronic transmission of results was affected as INEC servers were down. It said, “This failure has undoubtedly given room for manipulating the presidential results being announced by the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu at the Collation Centre in Abuja.”
The Party also claimed that it had sufficient documentary evidence that manipulations of the presidential election results occurred in Lagos State, Rivers State, Imo State, parts of Edo State, Delta State, and some Northern states. The party also stated that these manipulations were “carried out under the watchful eyes and connivance of police officers at the various polling units and INEC offices.”
Furthermore, it regretted that over 24 hours after the elections held across the country, “INEC is still yet to upload the authentic results of the Presidential poll on its server.”
Labour party calls President Buhari into action
The aggrieved party charged President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil his promise of a free and fair election to Nigerians. LP also noted that Buhari’s legacy is at stake at this pivotal moment in the country’s history.
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