The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Department of State Services, DSS, to protect the governorship results in Edo North.
The party alleged moves by the APC to replace election results where the PDP is leading in the Senatorial District.
A statement by the PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, charged party members to remain vigilant and follow their results ‘bumper to bumper’ to all the collation centres.
He however cautioned security agencies against being used to replace results that have already been declared at the respective polling units.
According to the statement, the PDP said “we are aware that results are being manufactured in Kogi state to be used as replacements for already declared results, particularly in Edo North. We draw the attention of INEC to such results being bandied by the APC, including the fake result claimed to have emanated from Etsako West, where a vote of 914 was allocated to the APC, as against the genuine declaration at the polling units.
The statement added that “a cursory check on the results being circulated in the public space by the APC failed a litmus test of the identification numbers of the INEC declaration of results. Whereas polling unit results are identified as Form EC8A, the results being paraded by the APC carry a fake identification number of Form EC60E. Our party expresses concerns that this sinister adventure of the APC is being encouraged by the slow pace of uploading already declared results in INEC’s virtual portal
“We are alarmed by the report that this development has led to avoidable post-election violence, which has resulted in the reported killing of innocent Edo citizens, who came out to perform their civic responsibilities as the police allegedly withdrew their men in certain collation centres.”
The party further called on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the electoral umpire to rise up and defend the voice of the people without further delay.