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Taraba Guber: APC calls for outright cancellation

Taraba Guber: APC calls for outright cancellation

The All Progressives
Congress on Thursday
urged the Independent National Electoral
Commission to either uphold the results
from the April 11 governorship election in
Taraba State or conduct fresh election.
Chief John Oyegun, the National Chairman of the party, made the appeal while addressing newsmen after the
meeting of the National Working Committee of the party in Abuja.

The chairman said members of NEC of the
party were of the view that the declaration
of the election as inconclusive was a
disservice.

Oyegun also said that the development
was a display of bias towards the APC
governorship candidate, Senator Aisha
Alhassan, who had allegedly won based on
the results announced so far.

He said: “As at the date of the election, as
results came in, it became very clear that
she was destined to be the next governor
of Taraba State.

“Unfortunately, powers that be influenced
the process from all indications and that
process of re-engineering she has been placed at a relative disadvantaged position.

“This has been done to prevent and
frustrate the will of the people that the
distinguished senator becomes their next
governor.”

According to Oyegun, the transgressions
during the elections are of such magnitude that elections in Wukari be
totally discountenanced and fresh elections held in the area or the entire
governorship elections re-conducted.

He said: “Our candidate is so confident
that should this happen, she can give an
undertaking today that she will accept the
outcome of the result.

“But what will not be acceptable is the
gradual re-engineering of the results in a
way that places our candidate at an
unacceptable disadvantage.”

On her part, Alhassan said INEC was
simply misguided into taking such decision, adding that the issues raised did not reflect what really transpired in the elections.

She said: “Alternatively, the results of the
entire state should be cancelled and a fresh election conducted after which a fresh collation should be done and a
winner declared.”

According to her, this is in view of the reported widespread irregularities in most
of the local government areas of the state.

She further called for the overhaul of
INEC staff that supervised the elections. She said the commission should conduct a probe into the activities of its staff, to extract the truth.

Alhassan said: “In the event that the overall result is cancelled and a fresh election ordered, such should not be
conducted under the supervision of the
current INEC officials in Taraba.

“They have shown sufficient evidence of
bias and complicity in the April 11 elections and a total overhaul should be a pre-requisite for any fresh election in the state.

“This is to ensure that the rights of the people of Taraba to choose their leaders are not abridged by conniving INEC officials.”

Alhassan further alleged that considering the partisan posture of the security agents during the elections, there should be massive redeployments in the interest of fairness and justice.

It could be recalled that
INEC declared the governorship election
inconclusive. The commission said it discovered that the
number of cancelled votes was more than
the difference between the votes gathered
by the candidates of the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party.

However, Alhassan said: “The conclusion arrived at by INEC does not reflect what really transpired in the elections.

“In many wards cutting across many local
governments, the elections did not hold in
accordance with INEC guidelines.

“In spite of several reports, complaints
and protests to INEC officials by our party
field officers on the ongoing irregularities,
INEC failed to react.”

The affected local
government areas are Wukari, Kurmi,
Yorro, Karim Lamido, Ardo Kola, Sardauna,
Zing, Bali, Lau, Donga and Takum.

Alhasan said other reasons for the call for
an out-right cancellation stemmed from
widespread non-use of card readers, non
accreditation of voters and snatching of
ballot papers.

“There were cases of kidnap of electoral
officials, ballot stuffing, collation of results
in non-INEC designated areas and the
non-delivery of electoral materials in
many parts of the state,” she said.

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