The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has said that it would not accept the outcome of the Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly elections in Kaduna state, saying that the exercise was characterized by vote buying, ballot box snatching, and ballot box stuffing.
Addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Sunday, the state chairman of the party, Felix Hassan Hyet, alleged that there were incidences of doctored results and result writing by the government.
According to him, voters were intimidated by the security agents in many places like Kagarko and Sanga local government areas of the state.
“I want to commend the voters for conducting themselves in a civil manner despite unnecessary interference by security agencies. There was public vote buying in Zaria local government by government officials, snatching of ballot boxes in Chikun local government area.
“The worst case was in Birnin Gwari where there was no voting, ballot boxes were snatched and returned the next day stuffed with results. Kagarko and Sanga local government areas are currently under siege by security agencies in an effort to change the results in favour of the ruling party.
“Results were forcibly changed in Rigasa, Igabi local government area. The EO (Electoral Officers) are summoned to government house to present the results to the Governor for him to see and approve before authorising it. We have our results with our agents.
“Based on all these irregularities, we would not accept any doctored results that is announced by INEC because we have the original results from our agents on the ground.
“INEC should be the umpire that everybody expects them to be. The will of the people have been pushed to the background by the activities of security agencies.
“Our people should remain calm, we would not accept any adulterated result from INEC. If anything comes out contrary to the mandate of the people we would not take it,” the PDP chairman added.
Commenting on the apathy witnessed by the elections, the former aviation minister said it was due to what happened during the presidential and National Assembly elections.
“There was a deployment of military and security personnel in a civil situation to intimidate and harass the people,” he lamented.