The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of aiding the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig last Saturday’s governorship elections in Adamawa state.
Though its candidate, Buba Marwa, who was declared third by INEC, had opted not to contest to result, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Rotimi Fashakin, in a statement made available Premium Times in Abuja, cited an instance where a former federal legislator was arrested with six boxes stuffed with ballot papers in Ganye Local Government as one evidence of the rigging of the poll.
The CPC also alleged that a local government administrator in Fufore local government used political thugs to chase away agents of the party.
“Martin Babale, a former Federal Legislator and PDP chieftain in Ganye Local Government was caught with 6 ballot boxes for thumb printing in his house, yet INEC has done nothing about it,” Mr. Fashakin said. “In most parts of Jada Local Government, INEC refused to return the CPC’s agents’ forms, thereby allowing the PDP to substitute with its agents to corrupt the process.
“As a Party, we reject the declared results of the Adamawa governorship election as not reflective of the electoral wishes of the people.
“But, in spite of all the irregularities, we will not go to court to challenge the results of the election.”