By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) ,has insisted that the just concluded Local Government Elections in Kaduna State was a total fraud.
This was expressed in a statement signed and made available to the media by the State Publicity Secretary of the Party, Hon Abraham Catoh on Tuesday May 15, 2018.
The PDP observed that the elections were full of irregularities and thuggery by the APC and the State Independent Electoral Commission (KAD-SIECOM), where results of elections from most of the local government areas were announced even before the elections were concluded.
“Election materials were not delivered to the 11 wards of Igabi Local Government, but results were announced for those wards. Similar incidence happened in Giwa, Kudan, Ikara, Kaduna North, Kubau and Lere Local Government areas.
“Electronic voting machines and results sheets snatched away to unknown destinations, but results were announced on Radio Stations.
“Section 23(1)(a) of the SIECOM laws, states that: the Presiding Officer shall announce the results of the Polling Unit at the Polling Booth and enter in the appropriate forms before giving same to Political Party Agents and Security Agents.
(b) Presiding Officers shall announce the results at the Ward Collation Centres and declare the winner.
(2)(a) Ward Returning Officers shall announce the results at the Ward Collation Centres and declare the winner.
(b) Local Government Returning Officers shall announce the results collated from the different Wards of the Local Government and declare the winner at the Local Government Collation Centre.
“It will be recalled that while the Elections were on going, the Governor, Nasir El-Rufai went on air to announce the postponement of Elections in two Local Government Areas i.e Kaura and Jaba Local Governments. We wonder if the Governor is the PRO or the Chairman of the SIECOM.
“It is very glaring that the PDP defeated the APC in most of the Local Governments where Elections were properly conducted across the State,including the Governor’s Ward,where the PDP defeated the APC, hugely.
“It is also curious that the Political Adviser to the Governor, Mal Uba Sani, was seen going round the Local Governments with heavily armed military personnel in 4 trucks, believed to be the one behind the kidnapping of the returning officers and sensitive election materials to stop the announcement of authentic Elections Results, while announcing their cooked up results which doesn’t tally with the original results as recorded by the Polling Clerks and Presiding Officers of the Commission. This is a day light robbery!”
PDP said that in Kajuru, Chikun and Kagarko Local Governments Areas, the results are yet to be announced officially due to the disappearance of the Local Government Returning officers but the desperate politicians have made the announcement without figures scored by each political party. This is an embarrassment to our democracy.
“We call on the SIECOM to adhere to its laws before the final announcement would be made,” it concluded.