Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conclude the collation of the governorship election results in Adamawa.
Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the resident electoral commissioner in Adamawa, announced Aisha Binani Dahiru, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as winner of the election while the collation of results was yet to be concluded.
Atiku, in a statement by Paul Ibe, his media aide, said the acceptance speech by Binani is an indication that INEC is trying to play out a failed script.
“Here in Adamawa, we are witnesses to a novel practice in election management where a Resident Electoral Commissioner announced the loser of an election as a winner.
“It is not in doubt that INEC has approached the Adamawa State election with a preset agenda of declaring the APC at all costs.
“It is, therefore, on this note that we wish to draw the attention of the world to the scheme being perpetrated by INEC to compromise the electoral wishes of the people of Adamawa State.
“We also wish to inform the world that such behaviour by INEC has a natural consequence of unsettling the peace and security of the society.
“We have seen how INEC conducted the February 25 and March 18 elections against the run of play and challenging cheated candidates to go to the court, knowing full well the agenda that they are up to.
“It must be put on record that the people of Adamawa State will not allow themselves to be cheated three times in a row. It must also be put on record that whatever the consequences of the scheme being scripted, both the INEC and those vested with state powers should be blamed for the consequences of such actions.
“That the APC candidate had a prepared acceptance speech is a pointer to the guarantee of a false victory which INEC must have promised her.
“Recall that this was the same Resident Electoral Commissioner who pressured the Returning Officer to manipulate the results of the contentious Fufore Local Government Area in the March 18 governorship election.
“The people of Adamawa shall not allow this injustice to pass without being challenged.
“We demand the immediate resumption of the collation of results and its finalisation.
“It is also our demand that the Adamawa REC and any other parties complicit in this treasonable act should be arrested immediately and prosecuted to the full extent of the law to serve as a deterrent to anti-democratic forces who may want to torpedo our democracy and provoke violence in our country”.
It would interest you to know that the Electoral Act 2022 empowers only the Returning officer appointed by INEC to declare the winner in an election.