- PDP claimed INEC’s statement on the limitation of card readers has vindicated its position that the just concluded Kogi and Bayelsa elections were rigged
- The opposition party, therefore, called on the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, and other leaders of the electoral body to resign their appointments
- INEC’s commissioner Festus Okoye had reportedly said the smart card reader has lost relevance because even the courts do not recognise it as a means to prove over-voting
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) insists the just concluded governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states, including the Kogi West senatorial rerun, were manipulated.
In a statement released by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party claimed alleged confessions by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have vindicated its position that the elections were rigged.
The opposition party said the alleged statement by two INEC commissioners that the card readers were compromised in elections conducted by the commission were not surprising.
Legit.ng, however, notes that Okoye had said the smart card reader which was introduced in 2015 has outlived its usefulness.
Okoye said the smart card reader has lost relevance because even the courts do not recognise it as a means to prove over-voting.
According to the INEC commissioner, the courts still rely on voter register and election results as means to prove over-voting.
The party, however, called on the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, and other leaders of the electoral body to resign their appointments.
The opposition party said it rejected the attempt by INEC to shift the blames for its failures to other political parties.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that INEC had explained why it could not cancel the recently concluded elections in Kogi and Bayelsa.
The electoral body pointed at the Nigerian law as hindering it from taking such an action.
It said it was not empowered by any Nigerian law to carry out such cancellation as demanded by some Nigerians and election observers.
The electoral body made the position known at an interactive session with the Nigeria civil society situation room in Abuja, where it argued that it was only mandated by section 26 of the electoral act to postpone a forthcoming election.
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