Polls: Obi-Datti Campaign asks INEC to suspend announcement of results - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, February 27, 2023

Polls: Obi-Datti Campaign asks INEC to suspend announcement of results


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The Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council has demanded for the immediate suspension of the ongoing announcement of the results of last Saturday’s Presidential elections until identified irregularities in Imo, Edo, Rivers and Northern States are resolved. 

It asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to redeem its image by doing the right thing. 

This was contained in a statement signed by the Head of the Obi-Datti Media Office, Diran Onifade, in Abuja, on Monday. 

The statement read in part, “On Saturday the 25th of February 2023, Nigeria witnessed an election, on which it had placed so much hope.

“From all across the country, millions of Nigerians eager for a new order, trooped out to the polling booths, hopeful in the promise of INEC and the Federal Government, that a responsible and credible process, will be ensured, through a level playing field.

“After careful consideration of field reports from locations around the country, we have on record, hard video, documentary and first hand evidences of criminal conspiracies , tricks and irregularities by some INEC and security officials on one side, and also vicious attacks by political thugs, as well as clear evidence of inducement by politicians, one of whom was caught with half a million dollars in cash.

“In the light of the above, the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council is of the firm conviction, that the processes and practices as carried on by INEC, and as permitted by some security agencies, do not in the most reasonable minimum, meet the required standards of  credibility and were not fundamentally, free and fair.

“We further present, that a compromised election cannot produce genuine results nor can they be lawful, or in acordance with the constitution and the electoral Act 2022.

“The Amended Electoral Act says that Election Results are to be uploaded to the central server from the Polling Units. What is going on is practically Manual Collation that makes no sense at all.”

It further read, “According to Section 60 of the Electoral Act, 2022, the presiding officer in an election is mandated to announce the results at the polling unit in the presence of the party agents and have same uploaded at the polling units in the presence of the parties participating in the election or their agents. 

“The widespread actions of INEC in moving the results away from the polling units across our strongholds and thereafter announcing the results in the absence of our party agents falls short of the above provision.

“On the basis of these anomalies, the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation hereby states that the conduct of the elections of 25th February 2023, including the ongoing charade of declaration of 'results' in the states and in Abuja are unacceptable, and we hereby demand unequivocally, for the suspension of all processes, until these recorded cases of compromise, illegality and criminality are justifiably resolved.”

Specifically, the campaign demanded for the cancellation of results especially in the states of: Edo, Imo and Rivers and various parts of the North.

The Campaign further said, “We see the trickery of not uploading the Presidential election results from the polling centres and the alteration and replacement of Form EC8A as an egregious act of brazen fraud which must not stand.

“We call upon our supporters, support groups,  voters and indeed, all Nigerians to stay calm and vigilant, while we wait for INEC to urgently do what is right.

“We urge the International community, Election Observers and all true friends of Nigeria to critically review the conduct of these elections and stand firmly on the side of fairness and justice.

“We are totally confident, that in this matter, on which the future of our countrt rests, the people will overcome, no matter how long it may take.“

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