The Peoples Democratic Party has demanded the resignation of the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
It said this was a sequel to its review of alleged infractions and brazen violations of the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022 during the conduct of the last elections.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, at a press conference in Abuja on Friday also demanded that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, should commence investigations into the reported electoral violations and manipulations during the presidential and National Assembly elections results.
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Earlier, we had reported how INEC’s declaration of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as the winner had sparked rejections by the PDP and Labour Party, over claims of numerous electoral violations.
Ologunagba said, “The PDP demands that the Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, immediately steps down from office, having abused the confidence and dashed the hope of millions of Nigerians as well as political parties and the International Community for a free, fair and credible election.
“His exit as chairman will be the first step towards sanitising the electoral commission and restoring the confidence of Nigerians especially as the nation prepares for the rescheduled March 18, 2023 governorship and state assembly elections.
“The PDP demands that the Inspector-General of Police and the Director-General of the Department of State Services immediately commence investigations into the electoral violations and manipulations by INEC with the view to prosecuting Prof Mahmood Yakubu and other officials of the commission for electoral offences.”
The spokesperson alleged that INEC deliberately sabotaged the upload and transmission of results directly from the polling units 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.” Punch