The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday demanded the resignation of the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, and the commission’s director of operations, Amina Zakari, alleging that the commission robbed it of over 4000 votes during the Osun State governorship election.
The national publicity secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, who addressed a press conference in Abuja said they have evidence of how INEC directly allocated over 1,367 votes to the APC in Olorunda local government area, to shore up the APC votes to 16,254.
Ologbondiyan, also said the party has facts on how INEC slashed over 1000 votes belonging to their candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, in Ayedaade local government area, thereby reducing their votes from 10,836 votes cast at the polling centres to 9,836 votes.
The party further said it will today file its suit challenging INEC’s declaration of the governorship election as inconclusive at a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan who was flanked by the national legal adviser, Barr Emmanuel Enoidem, said, “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demands the immediate resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, following his controlling role in the fraudulent manipulations that characterised the September 22, 2018, Osun State governorship election.
“In the same vein, the PDP also calls for the resignation of Mrs. Amina Zakari, the INEC Director of Operations, who is also in charge of Information Communication Technology (ICT) Department, where election results were altered to favour the APC.
“With INEC’s fraudulent conduct in the Osun Governorship election, and approval that a concluded election be declared inconclusive, the PDP and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians no longer have confidence in Prof. Yakubu.
“It is completely inexcusable that Prof. Yakubu presides over an atrocious and compromised electoral umpire that manipulates electoral processes, doctors figures, allocates fictitious votes and subverts the will of the people in an election.
“The PDP has additional documentary evidence of how this compromised INEC, through its Operations and ICT Department, doctored results from polling centres, directly shortchanged the PDP with no fewer than 4,387 votes by slashing votes cast for the PDP at the polling centres while allocating fictitious figures to the APC.
“The PDP has facts on how INEC slashed over 1000 votes freely cast by the people for our candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, in Ayedaade local government area, just to reduce our votes from our legitimate 10,836 votes cast at the polling centres to 9,836 votes so as to give APC the lead with a 1000 vote margin in the local government.
“Also, the PDP has evidence of how INEC, while collating results, directly allocated over 1,367 fictitious votes to the APC in Olorunda local government area, to fraudulently shore up the APC votes to duplicitous 16,254 votes.
“This is in addition to evidence of how INEC awarded over 2,000 fictitious votes in favour of the APC in Oshogbo to push APC’s vote to 23,379 against the actual 21,479 votes scored by the defeated party.
“Such writing of results by INEC in collusion with the APC occurred in many other areas leading to INEC’s ill-fated directives to its junior officials, including the one apprehended in Ayedaade, to destroy results already displayed at polling and collation centers,” he said.
He however alleged that after INEC and the APC realised that the PDP candidate still scored the highest number of votes, making him the clear winner of the election, despite their manipulation of figures, they decided to apply unconstitutional grounds to declare the election inconclusive.
“From the facts available to us, INEC robbed our party of over 4,387 votes. Our actual winning margin stands at 4,740 votes against the 353 votes declared by INEC.
“Furthermore, while the PDP, in rejecting INEC’s declaration, is resolute in the decision to seek legal redress and take our mandate, freely given to our candidate by the people of Osun State, our party has also discovered schemes perfected by INEC to rig its planned supplementary election in favour of the APC.
“The PDP is already aware that INEC has increased the original number of voters in the affected polling centres by over 850 so as to expand its latitude to manipulate results with uncollected Permanent Voter Card (PVCs); a development, which further shows INEC’s determination to rig the election for APC.
“The PDP holds that the shenanigan that has characterised the Osun governorship election is a testing measure by the APC in collusion with INEC to rig the 2019 general elections, particularly the presidential election, which they plan to plunge into similar controversy immediately it becomes obvious that APC is losing.
“Our fear is that such will push our nation into an irretrievable state of anarchy and spell doom to our democracy.
“While Prof. Mahmood Yakubu can no longer be trusted to conduct the 2019 general elections, it is public knowledge that Mrs. Amina Zakari, the INEC Director in charge of Operations and ICT is a direct blood relation of Mr. President and as such, we believe that she cannot be an impartial arbiter in an election involving her uncle.
“The PDP therefore calls on all patriotic Nigerians to join in the demand for the resignation of Prof. Yakubu and Mrs. Zakari so as to avert this dangerous path, where INEC is leading our nation.
“As a law abiding and people-oriented political party, all that the PDP is demanding for is the return of our candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, as the duly returned candidate at the September 22, 2018 Osun Governorship Election.
“We call on INEC to guarantee free, fair and credible election at all levels of engagement, as we will not allow unpatriotic individuals to destroy our nation with their inordinate and selfish aspirations,” Ologbondiyan said.
The PDP national spokesman, however added that the party is in touch with Senator Iyiola Omisore, ahead of the supplementary election.
On when they will head to court, the national legal adviser, Dr Emmanuel Enoidem, said, “the party will file our papers first thing tomorrow morning. But the candidate is free to contest in the supplementary election.”
He added “on Thursday, if there will be election, the candidate will participate.”
The legal adviser said the party would file the suit at an Abuja High Court.