Former governor of Niger State and Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Babangida Aliyu, has called on the Independence Electoral Commission to cancelled or annulled the elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.
Aliyu through his media aide, Mr Bala Bitrus, called on the INEC to annul the elections for the interest of our democracy.
His words: “we hereby ask INEC and the government in power to annul the elections in the interest of peace, the growth of democracy and fairness.
“(This is) for the soul of Salomi Acheju Abuh and of all those who were slain in Kogi and Bayelsa states in the course of last Saturday’s elections by the agents of the states.
“We ask the federal government to not only condemn the wanton killings and destruction of properties but to empaneled well balanced committees to probe the dastardly acts and speedily bring those behind the arsons and fish out their sponsors for proper justice.”
The ex-governor condemned in totality the killing of the PDP women leader in Kogi State.
He also said that as a civilised people that the general conduct of the governorship elections in the two states (Bayelsa and Kogi) where innocent citizens were subjected to crude, brutal and naked use of force have rubbished the essence of the elections.
He called for total cancellation of such polls and declaration of winners because it was marred with irregularities. “Therefore we reject the outcomes of the two elections in their entirety,” he said.
The conduct of the election did not reflect the free and choice by the electorate in the two states nor are they in tandem with democratic traditions hence we reject the results posted by INEC in all their ramification.
Recalled, according to INEC declaration Mr. David Lyon of APC polled 352,557 to defeat her second rivalry Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party who scored 14,3172 votes.
While in Kogi, Alhaji Yahaya Bello of APC polled 406,222 votes to defeat his major opponent, Musa Wada of the PDP who scored 189,704 votes to emerge second.
However, PDP in both state have vowed to upturned the ‘injustice’ in the court as they have prepared to challenge the declaration in the court.