As controversy continues to trail the just concluded Edo State Governorship elections, an independent observer group, Alliance for Credible Elections, ACE, yesterday, in Abuja stated that the elections were rigged.
INEC announced Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner. ACE however has joined other observer groups to claim the election were rigged scientifically by INEC, at the point of collation of results.
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ACE likened the outcome as replica of the elections conducted in 2003 and 2007, under the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, and warned against the repeat of such in the forth coming governorship election in Ondo State.
At a press conference, in Abuja, on the report of its observation of Edo State governorship election, addressed by the acting General Secretary of Alliance for Credible Elections , Mma Odi, said that the Edo election saw a new innovation in rigging.
“INEC deliberately delayed collation of results of election till 10pm which was when act of rigging was carried out.”
“This election has brought in new innovations to the rigging of elections. You make the election to appear very nice during voting and all that but when it concerns collating, they were highly innovative. We are getting higher in technological advancement.”
Similarly, Public Interest Association, another accredited election observer group, that monitored the election in the state, has called for the cancellation of the results.
National Coordinator, Mrs Esther Bassey, told newsmen in Benin, Edo State, that INEC was under pressure to declare results to avoid an inconclusive exercise.
“We demand for an immediate cancellation of the September 28, 2016 governorship election in Edo State because such charade exercise has already put the peace and unity of the state in jeopardy as the results released by a partisan and compromised INEC does not in any way reflect the wishes of the people of the state.”
“The results released shows that INEC was indeed under pressure to avoid further inconclusive elections in Nigeria as many inconclusive elections nowadays have already painted the commission on a negative note before Nigerians, hence the careful allocation of votes to political parties and declaration of a winner without consideration of the peoples’ feeling.”