- Yerima Shettima alleges that INEC worked to favour the APC during the presidential election in Nigeria
- Shettima criticises some local observers who claim the election was fair enough as he argues that it is easy to compromise them
- The Arewa leader says there is confusion in the north as to why elections would be declared inconclusive in some states
The national head of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Yerima Shettima, has alleged that in most cases, the results of the presidential election were merely written in contradiction of the electoral act.
Shettima further alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) simply worked to favour the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure the ruling party returned to power.
In an interview with Daily Sun, the Arewa youth leader said he was not surprised that some local observers described the election as fair enough as, according to him, it is very easy to compromise them.
“I am glad that you said some observers and not all. The international observers have their own modus operandi and you do not expect them to start crying for you. If there is an issue and they see it, they would not be in a hurry to make any judgment.
“Again, when they notice that Nigerians are very docile and no one is raising any fundamental issues, they will remain mute.
“On the part of the local observers, it is very easy for anyone to compromise them, which has more or less become a tradition in the country. What was the national mood of the country after the presidential election?
“Was there any celebration? No. Were majority of people happy about the outcome? Certainly the answer is no. So it means that something fundamentally went wrong.
“Of course I believe that figures were written and that is why you can see that the voting pattern changed during the governorship elections, which took place two weeks after the presidential election.
“As we speak, there is confusion in the north especially in states where there was no reason to call for inconclusive elections. In Kano, Adamawa, Benue and Sokoto for instance, there were inconclusive elections which clearly showed that the outcome of the presidential elections was not what people expected.
“It is very obvious that the electoral commission worked to ensure that the ruling party returned to power. The 2019 elections is the worst election that has been conducted for as long as I can remember.
“A clear indication of this anomaly is that the states where the PDP won elections in the North were declared inconclusive and where APC won with a small margin and was supposed to be declared inconclusive was not so,” he said.
He accused the electoral umpire of refusing to adhere strictly to the law.
He wondered why the commission would ignore the use of card readers in some places while insisting on their use in other areas.
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“Why did the commission ignore the use of card readers in some states and insisted on the use of card readers in other states?
“These are all clear indications that there were irregularities and that is why I believe that Atiku did the right thing by going to court.
“I believe that issues will come up as the trial commences for the world to see and at the end of the day, you would not be able to defend the indefensible,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Shettima also described the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as a disappointment saying the north will present more competent candidate in 2023.
He said the north has not benefited anything from President Buhari’s presidency because many northern states are still impoverished and underdeveloped adding that the rate of poverty in the zone has become worse than it was in 2015.
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