Presidential Poll: PDP Demands Resignation of Mahmood Yakubu as INEC Chair, Asks SSS, IGP to Initiate Arrest
- Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission has been asked to resign
- The call was made to Yakubu by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday, March 10
- The PDP alleged that Yakubu's action during the 2023 presidential and National Assembly elections is injurious to the integrity of the electoral commission and an unpardonable assault on the credibility of Nigeria's electoral process
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the resignation of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu.
The party's national publicity secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said the PDP has further reviewed the widely-condemned infractions, a brazen violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022 and alleged criminal manipulation and alteration of election results by the chairman of INEC.
Ologunagba alleged that the commission led by Yakubu subverted the will of Nigerians in the February 25, 2023, presidential and National Assembly elections.
He also said that the PDP has reviewed the latest move by INEC to reconfigure the BVAS devices, erase and destroy evidence of its manipulation of the Presidential election, deny Nigerians and political parties access to relevant information required to prosecute cases at the presidential election tribunal.
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"From all indications, the INEC under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu was compromised to rig the election by brazenly violating the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022 as well as INEC’s Regulations, Guidelines and Manual issued for the election.
"It is also obvious that the Commission under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu deliberately sabotaged the uploading and transmission of results directly from the Polling Units to give room for the criminal mutilation, alteration and switching of election results across the nation in favour of the APC as now abundantly exposed in the pictorial and video evidence of compromised results sheets in many parts of the Country.
"Several evidence abounds in States across the six Geo-Political Zones of the Country where winning figures lawfully scored by the PDP were switched in favour of the APC; where results sheet from polling centers won by the PDP were destroyed and replaced with fake results sheets in which APC was allocated unearned winning figures."
Speaking further, Ologunagba noted that the continued stay of Yakubu in office as chairman of INEC is vexatious, injurious to the integrity of the electoral commission and an unpardonable assault on the credibility of Nigeria's electoral process, the sensibility of Nigerians and the international community.
The party also called on the Inspector General of Police and the director-general of the State Security Services to immediately commence investigations into the electoral violations and manipulations by INEC.
PDP said this should be done with the view to prosecuting Yakubu and other officials of the commission for electoral offences.
The party added:
"In the same vein, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should open an investigation into allegations that certain top officials of INEC were heavily compromised financially to manipulate the electoral process.
"The PDP notes the reports of various International Bodies in disapproval of actions by the leadership of INEC in undermining democracy in the conduct of the February 25, 2023, Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Peter Obi cancels all guber campaign trips, announces plan to appear in court on Wednesday, March 8
Peter Obi has announced that he will personally be in court today with his lawyers for the 2023 presidential election tribunal ruling.
The court is expected to rule on the request by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reconfigure the BVAS.
Obi also announced the cancellation of his previous plans to travel to various states for the continuation of the 2023 governorship election campaign.
INEC makes strong move as Peter Obi, Atiku head to court
The 2023 presidential election tribunal had earlier been urged to vary the inspection request granted to Peter Obi and Atiku Abubakar of the labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party.
The call was made to the tribunal by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Saturday, March 4.
INEC said the commission would require to re-configure the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System used for the presidential and National Assembly elections for the next round of elections.