With barely 10 days to the governorship rerun election in Sokoto State, the APC has raised the alarm over what they described as unethical attitude of the electoral umpires and security agencies during the March 9 election.
The APC, yesterday, in a press conference addressed by Engr Abdulkadir Waziri, said both the INEC and security agencies were all compromised leading to the declaration of the governorship election as inconclusive.
Giving reasons for their assertion, Abdulkadir said their party won the state during the presidential and National Assembly elections hence could not have had any challenge in the governorship.
Abdulkadir, who is also a leader of the Buhari/Osinbajo Support Group, further accrued the PDP of using thugs and fake security to scare electorate, hence manipulating the governorship election.
“During the last gubernatorial elections in the state, the government glaringly engaged in unethical acts.
“Thugs were sent to virtually all the polling centers to disturb the peaceful conduct of the election. In fact, we must salute the sacrifices of some of our patriotic citizens who, despite the persistent thugs’ intimidation, insisted on casting their votes. Our salutation also goes to those who could not stand the pressure but had to retreat to save their lives.
“Under the watch of the security agents drawn to the polling centers, though it was alleged some were fake agents used by the state government in uniform, ballot boxes were snatched and destroyed. This lead to the cancellation of elections in those centers. In fact, the PDP ensured that where APC followers were dominant, elections were disrupted.
“Multiple voting/insertion of ballot papers in the boxes in bunches, was the order of the day. INEC staff under duress, and for fear of their lives had to, in some places, compromise and allow the PDP to have their day while security agents also allowed the PDP to manipulate the elections.”
The APC stalwart further divulged that monies exchanged hands for votes, adding that INEC staff in most instances disenfranchises APC members by purporting that Card Reader Machine stopped working after allowing PDP members to vote.
Abdulkadir however noted that his party, the APC, refused to challenge the decision of INEC on the inconclusiveness of the election so as not to disenfranchise the over 75,000 eligible voters from 136 polling centers across 22 local government areas of the state.