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Government, police, army aided rigging in Kaduna council polls, PDP insists

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State at the weekend rejected the results of the recent local council elections, especially in areas where the APC was declared winner.

A statement by its Publicity Secretary, Abraham Alberah Catoh, noted that the party decision was born out of conviction that the elections conducted peacefully in polling units with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), suddenly changed.

He said the APC was declared winner in those areas even before results were collated, adding that Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s aides, military personnel, police officers in the state and other government officials were responsible for the irregularities.

But in a swift reaction, the One Mechanised Division of the Nigeria army, Kaduna, gave the PDP 24 hours to withdraw the statement, saying failure to do so would attract litigation, describing the allegations as unfounded.

“The Kaduna State chapter of the PDP rejects the results of the local council elections in the areas where the APC was declared winner,” the statement added.

Catoh also alleged that Special Adviser to the governor, Uba Sani and Senior Special Assistant on Media Matters, Samuel Aruwan, with the Commissioner of Police (CP), Austin Iwar and the GOC 1 Division, Major General Mohammed Mohammed, went round various local government areas with heavily armed policemen and soldiers harassing, threatening, abducting and bribing returning officers.

“They bullied them to falsify the election figures, change results and declare APC as the winners in those areas,” he said.

In Igabi, Giwa, Kaduna North, Kubau, Kudan, Lere, Ikara, Birnin Gwari, Soba and Makarfi local councils, the EVMs were not deployed to the polling units and as such, no elections took place, but fake results were announced by the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KAD-SIECOM) and APC candidates were declared winners.

“We strongly commend and express our gratitude to the electorates for their massive turn out during the election exercise.

“It is an apparent demonstration of the rejection of the APC and El-Rufai’s repressive administration by the people. Despite the propaganda, lies and falsehood of the Kaduna State Government, the people have strongly made their position known that they prefer the PDP to the APC,” the statement reads.

Meanwhile, reacting to PDP’s allegations yesterday, the Army said seven-day ultimatum was given to the party to retraction its statement in which it accused Mohammed of helping to rigging the local council polls in the state on May 13, 2018.

The statement, signed by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Muhammad Dole, warned that failure to retract the statement would attract legal actions.


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