Labour Party Rejects Doctored Election Results
Leading Nigerian political party rejects “doctored” election results due to manipulation of the figures at the collation centres after servers went down
The Nigerian Labour Party (LP) has on Sunday rejected the “doctored” election results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a press conference held at the party headquarters in Abuja.
Projections after the polls suggested that the LP was in the lead nationally.
“This press conference is to address the serious matters arising from the 2023 election, an extremely important election for Nigeria’s peace and development.” The party national chairman Julius Abure said.
He lamented the fact that many Nigerians are currently disillusioned and disappointed in the electoral process.
“The exercise has left millions of Nigerians disappointed and disillusioned because of the unprofessional conduct of state and non-state actors who participated in the process.” he added blaming INEC for colluding with security agencies and ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC) enforcers to interfere in the results collation.
“Nigerians participated in this process with the belief that the use of technology and adherence to the agreed electronic transmission of results to INEC servers at polling units would ensure free, fair, and transparent election.”
The electronic voting systems the electoral body introduced was supposed to halt manipulations of results by desperate politicians at collation centres and polling units but failed for reasons unknown.
“Yesterday, Saturday, February 25, 2023, the very process which INEC assured Nigerians would be followed was truncated for whatever reasons. No matter what those reasons are, they are totally unacceptable to Nigerians and members of our party.” The LP chairman stated.
“INEC servers shut down, and ONLY PRESIDENTIAL elections could not be uploaded onto the INEC server. The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) did not work as planned.” Abure claimed, a fact confirmed by INEC in a press statement confirming massive failures in the system.
“This failure has undoubtedly given room for manipulating the presidential results being announced by the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu at the Collation Centre in Abuja.”
Abure pointed out numerous incidents of electoral manipulations.
“We have sufficient documentary evidence that confirms that manipulations of the presidential election results have occurred in Lagos State, Rivers State, Imo State, parts of Edo State, Delta State, and some Northern states.” He accused security officials for colluding with party enforcers and INEC officials.
“These manipulations were carried out under the watchful eyes and connivance of police officers at the various polling units and INEC offices. The decision of INEC to go ahead to announce these doctored results based on manufactured voting has defeated the efforts made by Nigerians to see that the Electoral Act was amended to allow for electronic transmission of results.” He reported.
Citing various incidents in Lagos the stronghold of the ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC) he reported widespread violence, ethnic profiling, and threats meted out on Nigerians, particularly those who supported the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
“LP agents report that in places like Agege, Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, Surulere, Ibeju Lekki, and others where results show that Labour won convincingly, INEC officials claimed that the BVAS suddenly developed faults when uploading results of the presidential election.” He alleged, then stated that when it was time for the parliamentary election to be uploaded the INEC servers had no problem.
“INEC officials used the police to drive our agents and supporters out of the collation centre. And they said that they have firm instructions from INEC headquarters not to upload.” He stated.
“In Rivers, thugs believed to be agents of the state government invaded various polling units and collation centres, took away election materials, including the results sheets, manipulated the BVAS machines and uploaded fake results into the Central portal.”
The LP chairman then appealed to INEC. “Some of these manipulations happened way late in the night. We demand that INEC investigate these atrocities against Nigerian voters by the political class. We are, therefore, asking that INEC should rise to the occasion and cancel all the unverified and manipulated results arising from the presidential and national assembly elections.”
Akowe with agency reports from Abuja