The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has called out the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the Adamawa state supplementary election.
Atiku made his reaction known following the announcement of Aishatu Binani, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election by the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC).
In a statement by his media aide, Paul Ibe, on Sunday, Atiku alleged that INEC had approached the election with the prior motive of announcing the APC as winner of the election.
“In Adamawa, we are witnesses to a novel practice in election management where a Resident Electoral Commissioner announced the loser of an election as a winner.
“It is not in doubt that INEC has approached the Adamawa State election with a preset agenda of declaring the APC at all cost.
“It is, therefore, on this note that we wish to call the attention of the world to the scheme being perpetrated by INEC to compromise the electoral wishes of the people of Adamawa State.
“We also wish to inform the world that such behaviour by INEC has a natural consequence of unsettling the peace and security of the society.
“We have seen how INEC conducted the February 25 and March 18 elections against the run of play and challenging cheated candidates to go to the court, knowing full well the agenda that they are up to.
“It must be put on record that the people of Adamawa State will not allow themselves to cheated three times in a row.
"It must also be put on record that whatever the consequences of the scheme being scripted, both the INEC and those vested with state powers should be blamed for the consequences of such actions," he stated.
Atiku also demanded the immediate arrest of the state's INEC REC, Malam Hudu Yunusa Ari.
“It is also our demand that the Adamawa REC and any other parties complicit in this treasonable act should be arrested immediately and prosecuted to the full extent of the law to serve as a deterrent to anti-democratic forces who may want to torpedo our democracy and provoke violence in our country,” he said.
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