The All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised alarm over alleged plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to falsify results of the March 18 governorship election conducted in Adamawa State.
Felix Morka, National Publicity Secretary of the APC in a statement on Monday said there is “undue pressure by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to disrupt final collation and announcement of the result of the Governorship election in Adamawa State.”
Information Nigeria had reported there was heightened tension in the State as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties resisted alleged move by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to manipulate the governorship election results in favour of the APC.
It was alleged that the returning officer was acting on orders from persons in Abuja, who were bent on having Aishatu Ahmed (Binani) aocof the APC declared winner.
So far, results in 20 local governments have been announced out of 21 local governments, with the governor of the State and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Umaru Fintri, leading.
The situation then called further suspension of results collation in the State.
So far, results in 20 local governments have been announced out of 21 local governments, with the governor of the state and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Umaru Fintri, presently leading
APC on its part however cautioned law enforcement agents on ground in the North East state and INEC not to cave into what it called “the inordinate demands of the PDP to subvert final collation and announcement of result.”
The statement read in part: “We draw urgent attention of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and our security services to massive thuggery, violence, intimidation and undue pressure by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) calculated to disrupt final collation and announcement of result of the Governorship election in Adamawa State.
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“Election results show a clear and decisive victory for Senator Aishatu Dahiru (Binani), the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate. Faced with imminent and certain prospect of loss in the election, thugs and political actors led by incumbent Governor, and Candidate of the PDP, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, have unleashed heavily armed thugs to disrupt further collation of result and subvert the will of Adamawa people as expressed at the polls. The Governor is reported to have torn result sheets at the collation centre in a show of unprecedented impunity and executive brigandage.
“We are well aware of the massive pressure on INEC and law enforcement authorities to cave in to the inordinate demands of the PDP to subvert final collation and announcement of result. However, we are supremely confident that INEC and our law enforcement authorities will stand firm and conclude the election process in the State as required by law.
“The result of election in Fufore Local Government Area of the state must not be tampered with as Senator Aishatu Dahiru (Binani) holds a clear, unassailable lead, only awaiting final collation and declaration by INEC.
“Nigeria is on the cusp of a major democratic record with the election and emergence of the first female Governor of a State in the country. We urge all well-meaning Nigerians to stand together to protect and uphold this historic victory for women and our country.”