Labaran Maku rejects Nasarawa governorship election results

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in Nasarawa State, Labaran Maku, on Wednesday, said he was a victim of electoral fraud, while rejecting the result of the just-concluded governorship election declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Although President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party won the March 28 presidential election in the state, Governor Tanko Al Makura of the All Progressives Congress was returned winner of the April 11 governorship election.

Mr. Maku, in a statement in Lafia Wednesday, said he did not lose the governorship election to the APC candidate and incumbent Governor, Mr. Al-Makura.

He said he would continue to fight for social liberty and justice, irrespective of ethnicity and religion.

He said, “We will fight until freedom, liberty and justice are attained for all our people regardless of ethnic, religious and social origins.”

He accused the All Progressives Congress, INEC officials and security agencies of collusion and widespread electoral manipulation.

He also said the governorship election was characterised by widespread reports of ballot theft and irregularities in government quarters.

However, in its reaction, the APC, through its Chairman, Philip Shekwo, denied Mr. Maku’s allegations.

Dismissing Mr. Maku’s claim that there were widespread irregularities in the government quarters, Mr. Shekwo said‎, “Government House, Lafia, is not a polling unit for the conduct of governorship election in the state.

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