Kogi Election: PDP rejects Results from Adavi, Okene

By AdvocateNews on 17/11/2019

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The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday demanded the immediate cancellation of alleged allocated votes in favour of the All Progressives Congress in the Kogi State elections.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to particularly cancel what he called ‘allocated votes’ for Okene Local Government Area.

He said, “The party demands the immediate cancellation of such allocated results, particularly in Okene LGA.

“The people of Kogi State have glaring evidence of alterations of figures to reduce the votes of the PDP and allocate imported figures to the APC.

“The party, therefore, cautions INEC not to ever declare such mutilated results as they will not be accepted by the people.

“Our party hopes that this apparent moves to allocate fictitious results to the APC has no bearing with the allegations in the public space that Governor Yahaya Bello and the APC had compromised highly placed INEC officials with huge sums of money to alter the result in favour of the APC.”

The PDP spokesman cautioned the INEC to note that any attempt to declare the figures allegedly being bandied will be a validation of the bribery allegation.

According to him, the only way out is for INEC to cancel and drop the fictitious figures being bandied and declare only the results from votes cast and declared at the respective polling units.

In the same vein, the PDP agent at the INEC collation centre in Lokoja, Mr. Joe Agada, said election results from two local government areas were unacceptable to his party.

Agada stated that the figures reeled out by the Collation  Officers in Adavi and Okene Local Government areas were outrageous.

Mr. Agada reacted majorly to results from Adavi and Okene Local Government Areas, where the ruling APP won with a very humongous margin.

According to results as reeled out by the Collation Officers of the two local government areas in question, the All Progressives Congress polled – 64,657 votes, while the Peoples Democratic Party polled – 366 votes in Adavi and in Okene, the APC polled 112,762 votes while the PDP polled only 139 votes.

Reacting to the results from Adavi, Mr. Agada argued that the turnout of voters reported by the collation officer is false.

In the case of Okene LGA, the PDP agent said that it is surprising that all of a sudden, the voters’ statistics for the council has changed in the gubernatorial election, away from what it was in the Presidential election conducted earlier in the year.

He strongly condemned the results and urged the electoral body to disregard the figures as presented, stating that the anomalies are outrageous.

In reply to Mr. Agada’s take on the results, Professor Ibrahim Umar, the Returning Officer of the Kogi Governorship election, asked the PDP agent to put his observations and complaints to paper, and file it at the appropriate quarters.

Prof. Umar, the Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, noted that at the appropriate time, the electoral body will look into the complaints of all parties involved and act accordingly.

Posted 17/11/2019 3:36:14 PM


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