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On Tuesday March 5, 2019, The Peoples Democratic Party accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of colluding with the All Progressives Congress to win the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections

PDP said, this was done through the militarization of polls in its strongholds and skewing the process in the favour of the All Progressive Congress. This was contained in a letter the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, handed over to INEC management during a peaceful protest it organized to express its grievances about the February polls to the electoral umpire.

The protesters had marched from the PDP complex in Maitama, Abuja popularly called Legacy House to INEC headquarters. The protesters carried placards and chanted songs. Some of the placards read, ‘INEC give us original result,’ ‘Kogi result is a sham.’ Prof Yakubu, the actor, announced the original result’ and ‘INEC please do the right thing.’

He urged the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, to make a statement that the military must not come near where elections would be taking place on Saturday. A copy of the letter signed by the chairman of the party Prince Uche Secondus and addressed to the INEC chairman, titled, ‘Cases of infractions and deliberate violations of the electoral law and guidelines,’ was made available to our correspondents.

It read, “We want to place on record and bring to your attention the very obvious and noticeable infractions and violations of the Electoral Law and the Regulations/Guidelines regulating the 2019 general elections which have very negative implications on the credibility, transparency and integrity of the entire electoral processes particularly the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.”

Secondus said the letter became imperative as the nation approached the governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections on March 9.

The letter partly read, “We observed with regrets that the usage of the SCR machines was enforced strategically in the South-South, South-East and the North-Central zones of the country which are essentially the PDP strongholds. This is radically different from what transpired in the North-West, North-East and the South-West, which were estimated as the APC strongholds.

“This is quite contrary to the provisions of paragraph 10(a) & (b) of the regulations and guidelines governing the 2019 General Elections and all the assurances you, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, frequently gave up to the last hours before the elections.

“The deliberate non-deployment of the Electronic Collation System (E-Collation) for the elections results from the units, through the ward centers to the Presidential Collation Centre in Abuja as provided for in the 2019 Electoral Regulations and Guidelines made by you, and as contained in your several official press statements is very suspect.

“This is more so when you have never bothered to explain to Nigerians the justification for this sudden official somersault on such a critical component of the electoral process especially with all the taxpayer’s money spent to install the facilities.

“The unconstitutional deployment of the armed forces especially soldiers and police for the illegitimate purposes to harassing, intimidating, and suppressing of leaders of the PDP and suppression of voters in the PDP strongholds across the country which are very well known to you.

The use of these same security agents by the government to harass and intimidate Resident Electoral Commissioners and certain INEC national commissioners for the sake of forcing them to declare votes for the APC’s candidates throughout the country has been officially or otherwise brought to your knowledge by the affected officers who even threatened to resign from their positions, yet you have decided to keep mute over it in a way portraying outright conspiracy and collusion of yourself and the commission with the APC government perpetrators.”

President Buhari, INEC, and the APC were joined as the first to the third respondents in the motion filed by PDP and Atiku.

Inspection of election materials usually precedes the filing of the main election petition.

It enables the petitioner to obtain documents needed for the purpose of establishing alleged irregularities in the election being challenged.

The Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of colluding with the All Progressives Congress to win the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

This, the PDP said, was done through the militarization of polls in its strongholds and skewing the process in the favour of the ruling party. This was contained in a letter the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, handed over to INEC management during a peaceful protest it organised to express its grievances about the February polls to the electoral umpire.

The protesters had marched from the PDP complex in Maitama, Abuja popularly called Legacy House to INEC headquarters. The protesters carried placards and chanted songs. Some of the placards read, ‘INEC give us original result,’ ‘Kogi result is a sham.’ Yakubu, the actor, announce the original result’ and ‘INEC please do the right thing.’

He urged the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, to make a statement that the military must not come near where elections would be taking place on Saturday.

A copy of the letter signed by Secondus and addressed to the INEC chairman, titled, ‘Cases of infractions and deliberate violations of the electoral law and guidelines,’ was made available to our correspondents.

It read, “We want to place on record and bring to your attention the very obvious and noticeable infractions and violations of the Electoral Law and the Regulations/Guidelines regulating the 2019 general elections which have very negative implications on the credibility, transparency and integrity of the entire electoral processes particularly the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections.”

Secondus said the letter became imperative as the nation approached the governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections on March 9.

The letter partly read, “We observed with regrets that the usage of the SCR machines was enforced strategically in the South-South, South-East and the North-Central zones of the country which are essentially the PDP strongholds. This is radically different from what transpired in the North-West, North-East and the South-West, which were estimated as the APC strongholds.

“This is quite contrary to the provisions of paragraph 10(a) & (b) of the regulations and guidelines governing the 2019 General Elections and all the assurances you, Prof. Yakub Mahmood, frequently gave up to the last hours before the elections.

“The deliberate non-deployment of the Electronic Collation System (E-Collation) for the elections results from the units, through the ward centres to the Presidential Collation Centre in Abuja as provided for in the 2019 Electoral Regulations and Guidelines made by you, and as contained in your several official press statements is very suspect.

“This is more so when you have never bothered to explain to Nigerians the justification for this sudden official somersault on such a critical component of the electoral process especially with all the taxpayer’s money spent to install the facilities.

“The unconstitutional deployment of the armed forces especially soldiers and police for the illegitimate purposes to harassing, intimidating,suppressing of leaders of the PDP and suppression of voters in the PDP strongholds across the country which are very well known to you. The use of these same security agents by the government to harass and intimidate Resident Electoral Commissioners and certain INEC national commissioners for the sake of forcing them to declare votes for the APC’s candidates throughout the country has been officially or otherwise brought to your knowledge by the affected officers who even threatened to resign from their positions, yet you have decided to keep mute over it in a way portraying outright conspiracy and collusion of yourself and the commission with the APC government perpetrators.”

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