- 80 Percent Of Votes Conducted Are Through Manual Voting—Chairman
The People’s Democratic Party has blast the Independent National Electoral Commission in Nasarawa state and the All Progressives Congress for electoral fraud, he stated this during a press conference held at the party headquarter along Jos road ,Lafia.
The party chairman, Hon.Francis Orogu described the wider margin between the ruling APC ahead of the two opposition parties, the People’s Democratic Party ,PDP and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA as a conspiracy between the APC and INEC.
Orogu said the party lost confidence on the position of the electoral umpire which he opined that they give room to the ruling party to recruit 80 percent of party loyalist as ad-hoc staff in the by election of Toto-Nasarawa federal constituency.
“Fixing the re-run to 01/06/2016 is nothing but a mess and a mere formality to declare the ruling party winner of Toto/Nasarawa federal constituency, our party has all it’s take to win this election, we have a popular candidate which was widely accepted by our supporters” he added.
The chairman also blasted the electoral umpire for conducting manual voting in APC stronghold while it stood firmly on the use of card reader in PDP stronghold saying vast of the voting were manually.
“INEC only use the card reader to oppress the PDP, and for that reason we are not going to participate in the re-run election “I repeat that 80 percent of ad-hoc staff in Toto are Igbira boys who are foot soldiers to the APC contender”.
-The PDP protested that 80 percent of votes were obtain through manual voting
-The result of the inconclusive election is a replicate of what happen during the re-run election of Lafia/Obi federal constituency between Sarki Dahiru of the APC and Dr.Haruna Kigbu of the PDP
-That the inconclusive election witnessed low turn out
-People were not given the opportunity to vote
-Majority of votes from the stronghold of the PDP were cancelled while in APC stronghold is a free for all voting (manual voting)
The party chairman described the outcome of Toto/Nasarawa inconclusive election as the worst election conducted by INEC in the history of Nasarawa state; he in addition hinted that Toto/Nasarawa by-election was another democratic robbery gang up by two conspirators” APC and INEC”.
Hon.Orogu maintained that the use of card reader by INEC in election is not a solution to rigging of election, saying the electoral umpire use the card reader as a tool to negotiate with ruling the political party.