The main opposition party the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the postponement in announcing the results of last weekend’s elections in the South-East and the South-South gives room for concern, against the background of the results that are streaming in from other parts of Nigeria.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, party’s national publicity secretary, in a comment issued in Lagos said apart from Rivers and Akwa Ibom, where everyone knows what the situation is, there has been nothing but silence from the other states as far as the results are troubled.
It said many concerned Nigerians have asked the party to show their concern over the shift, and to share their fears on whether something menacing is behind the palpable silence.
”The fact that most of the South-East and the South-South resorted to manual accreditation instead of being patient for the card readers has raised real fears on the possible manipulation of the results. It is common knowledge that manual accreditation makes the voting process more susceptible to rigging and manipulation,” the party said.
The APC clarified as very curious the fact that the card readers mostly worked well in other parts of the country, except in the South-East and the South-South, wondering whether this was a mere accident.
”Also, credible reports emanating from most of the South-East and the South-South indicate that APC agents have either been harassed, intimidated or chased away from results collation centres, the same treatment they (APC agents) have been subjected to in Adamawa and Taraba States.
”Against this background, we are demanding that our agents in all the affected states be given unfettered access to the result collation centres, and that they must also be allowed to scrutinize any result emanating from there for it to be credible,” it said.
The party changed its earlier alarm that no one should avoid the will of the people for whatever reason and that only the authentic results of the elections will be acceptable to Nigerians.
The APC appealed to its concerned members and supporters to be calm and to continue to shun violence, promising that in the end, the will of the good people of Nigeria – which they have freely expressed by turning out in large numbers to exercise their franchise – will prevail.
However, it has already been obtained that APC also won in Kano, Jigawa and Ondo states, and Jonathan – in Ekiti and Enugu state.
The electoral commission took a break in announcing results up to 8pm.