2023 Election: Despite protest by PDP, Labour Party, INEC continues results collation


The Independent National Electoral Commission is ignoring demands by various stakeholders, including political parties, to pause the ongoing collation and declaration of the results of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections over allegations of electoral manipulation and compromise.

The Peoples Democratic Party and Labour Party at the National Collation Centre in Abuja on Monday protested the failure of the commission to ask its officials to upload the results on the INEC portal from the polling units.

They complained about widespread discrepancies in the results of the polls and asked the electoral commission to halt the proceedings at the collation centre and address their complaints.

But following the refusal of the INEC Chairman, Mahood Yakubu, to heed the parties’ calls, some opposition parties on Monday staged a walkout during the announcement of results at the National Collation Centre, International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The walkout was led by the PDP which had queried the commission over observed alleged discrepancies in the released results and its failure to upload the election results on its portal for public view.

The PDP agent, Senator Dino Melaye, led the opposition parties out of the collation centre in protest against Yakubu’s refusal to acknowledge and act on their observations and demand.

 The other parties included the Action Alliance, African Democratic Congress and Social Democratic Party.

Before the incident which disrupted the proceedings, the INEC chairman had shut down a motion by Melaye to adjourn the collation process until polling units results were uploaded on the INEC Results Viewing Portal.

While alleging that the entire process had been compromised by INEC, he sought for the cancellation of the entire presidential election results.

Addressing journalists after staging the walkout, Melaye claimed that the PDP, LP and others were demanding the cancellation of the entire presidential election result.

He said, “We as party agents having observed that the national chairman of INEC is determined to rig the election by making sure that results are not uploaded by vehemently making a presentation that makes it look as if we are all here to rubber stamp the fraud that has been cooked between INEC and APC.

“We are saying that we are not here to rubber-stamp the electoral fraud that has been prepared by INEC and APC. We are Nigerians and we all know that there is nowhere on the server that results have been uploaded and the INEC chairman is now saying we should wait for the process to be completed before he will review knowing full well that once a declaration is done, there can’t be any review but by the courts.

“So we completely disassociate ourselves and that’s why we staged a walkout. All the political parties here have staged a walkout to express the unfortunate politicisation and commercialization of our electoral process.

Speaking further, the former lawmaker stated, “We have records of where the BVAS were not used and results have been pronounced. What is difficult for the INEC chairman showing the uploaded results so that we can compare and interrogate that with a presentation that is made by the state returning officers?

“But they cannot upload results. They cannot show us uploaded results because they know that what they are going to upload will be at variance with what they are presenting to Nigerians.

“So, the electoral process has been rigged. INEC has rigged the 2023 elections, and we are completely disassociating ourselves from it and we know what to do next.

“All of us that staged a walkout; our resolution is that the entire process be cancelled.  That is our demand.”

Obasanjo reacts

Hours after the incident at the collation centre, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who endorsed the candidacy of the LP standard bearer a few months ago,  raised the alarm that danger is lurking around the country over the alleged compromise of the electoral process.

Obasanjo, therefore, appealed to the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to prevail on the INEC chairman to stop the ongoing collation and announcement of results and rectify the allegations raised against the electoral process.

The ex-president’s position was endorsed by the PDP and LP on Monday.

Obasanjo in a letter titled, ‘’Until last Saturday night, February 25, 2023, the good and noble plan and preparation for the elections seemed to be going well.  For the Independent National Electoral Commission , a lot of money was spent to introduce the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and the server for immediate transmission of results from polling units.

‘’It is no secret that INEC officials, at operational level, have been allegedly compromised to make what should have worked not to work and to revert to manual transmission of results which is manipulated and the results doctored.

 “The chairman of INEC may claim ignorance but he cannot fold his hands and do nothing when he knows that the election process has been corrupted and most of the results that are brought outside BVAS and server are not true reflection of the will of Nigerians who have made their individual choice.

“At this stage, we do not need wittingly or unwittingly to set this country on fire with the greed, irresponsibility and unpatriotic act of those who allegedly gave money to INEC officials for perversion and those who collected the blood money.’’

The elder statesman appealed to Yakubu to ‘’if his hands are clean, save Nigeria from the looming danger and disaster which is just waiting to happen.’’

According to him, if the chairman could postpone elections by four days to the election, he can do everything to ‘’rectify the errors of the last two days – no BVAS, no result to be acceptable; and no uploading through servers, no result to be acceptable.’’

Obasanjo also pointed out that the results should be declared void and inadmissible where the BVAS and servers had been manipulated or rendered inactive.

“Whereas BVAS and servers have been manipulated or rendered inactive, such results must be declared void and inadmissible for election declaration.  Chairman INEC, I have thought that you would use this wonderful opportunity to mend your reputation and character for posterity,’’ he noted.

Asking Buhari to address the situation and save the nation, the former military leader stated, “Your Excellency, President Buhari Muhammadu, tension is building up and please let all elections that do not pass the credibility and transparency test be cancelled and be brought back with areas where elections were disrupted for next Saturday, March 4, 2023, and BVAS and Server officials be changed.’’

Obasanjo further advised the electoral commission to constitute a committee comprising electoral officials, political parties and the Nigerian Bar Association to proffer solutions to the allegations of electoral malpractice.

The letter read partly, ‘’To know which stations or polling units were manipulated, let a Committee of INEC staff and representatives of the four major political parties with the Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association look into what must be done to have hitch-free elections next Saturday.

Speaking on the election result at a joint press briefing with the PDP presidential campaign council in Abuja on Monday night, the PDP spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, stated that it was clear from the votes as cast at the polling units that the party’s flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar, substantially defeated the APC presidential, Bola Tinubu, ‘’in line with the expressed aspiration and will of Nigerians.

He said INEC deliberately refused to commence the collation of results 48 hours after the election.

He said INEC cannot continue to announce results that were yet to be transmitted as expressly stated in the relevant sections of the Electoral Act.

According to him, the alleged deliberate delay by INEC paved the way for the “reported compromise, alteration, falsification and switching of election results in favour of the APC in Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Ondo, Ekiti, Kebbi, Ogun and other states where our candidate was in clear lead.”

He added, “The PDP therefore rejects the manipulated election results as announced by INEC while cautioning that INEC is pushing Nigerians to the wall by announcing manipulated results.

‘’We are aware that INEC embarked on extensive and illegal cancellation of election results in many States of the country. For instance, in Sokoto State over 200 Polling Units results where the PDP is in clear lead have also been canceled thereby disenfranchising over 200,000 registered voters.”

The party said it found it curious that the INEC chairman was insisting on proceeding with the announcement of election results which were not transmitted directly from the polling units to the INEC server/website as required by the Electoral Act.

Ologunagba said the PDP, informed Nigerians and election observers already have the results of votes cast at the polling units across the country, adding that it has all the results in its database.

But reacting to Obasanjo’s advice, the All Progressives Congress presidential campaign council said he had no moral standing to call for the cancellation of election results in areas where the BVAS and servers were manipulated or rendered inactive.

 The Chief Spokesman for the APC PCC, Festus Keyamo, described the ex-president as ‘’a partisan politician whining because the results didn’t favour his anointed political godson.’’

According to him, Obasanjo has no moral grounds to make such a call following his antecedents in the last couple of months.

He said, “Obasanjo has no integrity to speak on the matter because his candidate lost. He was partisan and once you are partisan, it takes all the moral argument away from anything you say.

“He is not an elder statesman in this matter. He is a partisan man who wants to impose one of his candidates. I don’t need to abuse him or say any derogatory words. He is partisan. That explains everything.

“He is not even different from Dino Melaye or other guys who walked away in anger when a candidate lost. For this purpose, Obasanjo is a child-statesman, not an elder statesman. I have nothing more to add.”

Keyamo also alleged that the LP and the PDP were desperately shopping for a legal option to scuttle democracy and throw Nigeria into constitutional crises.

The INEC spokesman, Festus Okoye declined to comment on Obasanjo’s letter.

When contacted, he simply questioned the authenticity of the letter and when told that the ex-president authored the letter, Okoye failed to respond.

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  1. INEC has no constitutional power not to declare the results that have been collated from the various states. The duty of INEC it to declare the results and those who are aggrieved should go to court. A repeat of what happened in 1993 will spell doom for this country

    1. Is the court a dumping ground for obviously manipulated results of an election. Does the judges not have any other functions to serve nigerians, when politicians perform abakadabra, you want the judges to correct it if dey don't have any other function to perform.. mtcheeew

    2. The elections will stand no matter the grievances, the only thing left for the unsatisfied party involved is to wait for the outcome before pressing their demand through the law court.

    3. The election was not manipulated when Lp won Lagos and Katsina (Tinubu & Buhari) states, but suddenly became compromised once APC is leading. My brother go to court if you're aggrieved.


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