BREAKING - PDP, LP, and ADC call for new elections and urge INEC chairman to resign
Mahmood Yakubu, the head of the Independent Electoral Commission, has been requested to resign bythe Peoples Democratic Party, the Labour Party, and the African Democratic Congress.
The three parties claimed that violence, election manipulation, and voter intimidation rocked the February 2023 presidential and National Assembly elections during a joint press conference on Tuesday in Abuja.
The parties urged that new elections be held.
"Therefore, as a result of this situation, we are forced to say that INEC undermined the integrity of this election even before collation at the polling places started. "The presiding officer shall transfer the results, including the total number of accredited voters and the outcomes of the ballots in a manner as prescribed by the commission, according to Section 60 Subsection 5 of the Electoral Act.
"Before results are declared, all results recently uploaded on the IReV site must be revised due to a failure to abide by the rules of the Election Act and the recommendations.
"INEC broke its pledge...
This election is not free, fair, or transparent in any way.
"We demand that this fake election be immediately annulled and we shall not participate in the electoral process currently taking place at the National Collation Centre." We further demand that a new election be held in conformity with the established INEC protocol.
Hence, Julius Abure, the chairman of the LP National Committee, who spoke on behalf of the three opposition parties, said, "We call on Yakubu to step up from his job."
The parties requested that Yakubu relinquish his position as INEC Chairman so that a "credible personality" from outside the commission could step in and take charge of the process. This would be acceptable to all parties and would reestablish trust in the international community, democratic institutions, and the process.
"We have a responsibility to defend our nation from the elements who aim to break us apart," he continued, "to the millions of Nigerians who put their faith in us and our presidential candidates."
Hence, the parties urged President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) to keep his word to Nigerians and uphold his promise to leave a legacy of free, fair, transparent, and credible elections.
President Buhari, this is a time when your integrity will be put to the test. Use your position to protect Nigeria from this electoral fraud and preserve your legacy.
“We call on Nigerians to join us in defending the democracy of our country.”
Present at the press briefing alongside LP’s Abure are the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; as well as their ADC counterpart, Ralph Nwosu.
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