Today’s Headlines:Halt Collation Of Results, PDP Tells INEC;OBJ Alleges Compromise, Manipulation


Halt Collation Of Results, PDP Tells INEC

The Peoples Democratic Party has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to halt further collation of the 2023 presidential results until the results are uploaded on its server.

The PDP disclosed this on Monday night at a press briefing held at the National Headquarters of the party in Abuja.

Speaking on the election result, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, in the joint press briefing with the PDP presidential campaign council, stated that it is very clear from the votes as cast at the polling units across the country that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, substantially defeated the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, in line with the expressed aspiration and Will of Nigerians.

Ologunagba said, “INEC deliberately refused to commence the collation of results 48 hours after the election.

For clarity, Section 64 (4) (b) of the Electoral Act, 2022 specifically provides thus: “A collation officer or returning officer at an election shall collate and announce the result of an election subject to his or her verification and confirmation that Section 60 (4) of the Electoral Act 2022, said any result announced by INEC is ultra vires, illegal, and of no consequence unless they are results already transmitted directly from the polling units. So procedurally, it further noted that INEC cannot continue to announce results that are yet to be transmitted as expressly stated in the relevant Sections of the Electoral Act.

Obasanjo Alleges Compromise, Manipulation

As Nigerians await the final results of Saturday’s Presidential election, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday raised the alarm that Nigeria is in danger and may be consumed if President Muhammadu Buhari did not act fast.

Obasanjo advised that Buhari must stop the process of the election and ordered the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu to halt the process of the election.The former president, who said this in a letter he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, said the process has been compromised by politicians.

He appealed to Buhari to prevail on Yakubu to stop the process and rectify the allegations raised against the electoral process.

The letter titled, “2023 Nigeria Presidential Election: An Appeal for Caution and Rectification”, “Nigerian Brothers and Sisters, greetings to you all. I am constrained to speak at this point”.

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We Are Set For Victory, says APC

The APC Presidential Campaign Council and our Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, are thankful to Nigerians for coming out in large numbers to exercise their civic duty on Saturday, February 25, 2023. It was, yet again, a momentous day in our democratic journey as Nigerians lined up to choose the next set of leaders, especially the President and National Assembly members that will direct the affairs of our country for the next four years.

We are glad to note the very convil atmosphere under which the election was conducted. Domestic and international observers have adjudged the election and the process as credible and transparent. They also thumbed up the electoral commission and security agencies for the general peaceful conduct of the election. This is in spite of isolated cases of technical hitches and attempts by some of our desperate opponents to subvert the process through violence and other malpractices.

Katsina Election Results Disappointing—PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Katsina State has expressed disappointment over the outcome of last Saturday’s elections in the state, especially the National Assembly results.

The Director-General of the Atiku-Lado Campaign Council, Dr Mustapha Inuwa, expressed his disappointment on Monday in Katsina while briefing newsmen.

He described the outcome of the elections, especially the senatorial and House of Representatives polls, as disappointing.

He said that the party had earlier lauded the effort of President Muhammadu Buhari on the cashless policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, which aimed at staving off vote buying.

He said as a result of the confidence the PDP had in the president’s stance on having free and fair elections, the party did not bother to have polling agents in some of the wards.

Obi Wins In Edo

Hurricane Obi also swept through Edo State where the LP candidate has been declared winner in the state.

INEC’s collation officer in Edo State, Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo said Obi polled 331,163 to win the state, while the APC candidate, Bola Tinubu scored 144,471. The PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar came third by scoring 89,585, Rabiu Kwakwanso of the NNPP scored 2,743, while the ZLP scored 4082.

Ndaeyo said 603, 894 voters were accredited out of the 2,501,081, who registered for the exercise, the valid votes were 581,266, rejected votes were 19,129, and the votes cast were 600,395.

The 12 LGs won by Obi include Igueben, Esan Central, Esan North-East, Egor, Esan South-East, Esan West, Uhunmwonde, Orhionmwon, O South-West, Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha and O North-East, while APC won in six LGAs of Owan West, Owan East, Akoko-Edo, Etsako Central, Etsako West and Etsako East.

At the end of the collation agents of LP, PDP and APC, of the 18 participating political parties, signed the collated results.


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