Declare Atiku winner now, PDP charges INEC, accuses Buhari, APC of seeking to alter the results

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Piqued by the delay in announcing the results of the national elections of Saturday, February 23, 2019, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately announce the results as delivered from the polling units and declare its presidential candidate the winner of the presidential elections.

A statement today by the party’s National Publicity Secretary Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan predicated the PDP’s position on what it described as “clear and verifiable results across the nation, showing that Atiku Abubakar is in the clear lead both in the spread and the total number of votes cast.”

Ologbondiyan stated: “Intelligence available to us is that INEC is delaying the announcement of results following directives by the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC), which are bent on altering the figures from the polling centres and allocate fictitious figures for President Muhammadu Buhari, particularly in northern states,” adding that “Curiously, INEC server is now shut down, results are no more being transmitted and the reason is to enable the APC to inflate figures from six designated states.”

Full text of the PDP statement reads:
February 24, 2019

Press Statement

PDP To INEC: Declare Atiku Winner Now…Alerts That Buhari, APC Are Seeking To Alter Results

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately announce results as delivered from the polling units and declare the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the winner of the February 23 Presidential election
Our position is predicated on clear and verifiable results across the nation, showing that Atiku Abubakar is in the clear lead both in the spread and the total number of votes cast.

Intelligence available to us is that INEC is delaying the announcement of results following directives by the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC), which are bent on altering the figures from the polling centres and allocate fictitious figures for President Muhammadu Buhari, particularly in northern states.

Curiously, INEC server is now shut down, results are no more being transmitted and the reason is to enable the APC to inflate figures from six designated states.
We call on international observers and election monitors to insist on a transparent process of transmission of results and the monitoring thereof.

We already have reports of how APC governors in the northern states have been making a desperate effort to tamper with the results of the elections in their respective states with the view to award conjured votes to President Buhari.
In Kogi state, Governor Yahaya Bello has been making frantic moves to change results to suit APC’s intent and purposes as against the wishes of the people, expressly delivered at the polls.
Nigerians already know how the Minister of Transportation and the Director-General of the Buhari Campaign, Rotimi Amaechi, used the military to hold an INEC official in River state, Mrs. Mary Efeturi, hostage and insisted that she will not be released until she alters the results in favour of President Buhari
The PDP calls on INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to note that in this age of Information Communication Technology, Nigerians already have the results as delivered at the polling centres and any attempt to alter any figure will be faced with vehement resistance.
In delaying the announcement of the results, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu is allowing the APC to turn him into a villain and directly pitching him against the people. He should, therefore, extricate himself from the rejected APC and be on the side of the people, by immediately announcing the results as already delivered at the polling units and declare, the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the winner.
Anything short of this is not acceptable to Nigerians, who had already expressed their wishes and aspiration at the polls.
Signed:
Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary
And
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Organization

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