PDP alleges plot to cancel more collated votes in Adamawa
• I didn’t sponsor snatching of Fufore result, says Boya
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged plot by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to cancel already collated votes in Adamawa State and extend the supplementary election beyond the 69 polling units where the elections were to hold.
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, during a media briefing in Abuja, warned that such attempt could jeopardise the peace in the multi-religious and ethnic state.
“Gentlemen of the press, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has discovered fresh plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and certain compromised officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Adamawa State to further manipulate the outcome of March 18, 2023 governorship election in the state.
“As already declared by INEC, the final tabulation of results from the polling units across Adamawa State, the PDP candidate, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, is in clear lead with 31,299 lawful votes above the defeated candidate of the APC, Senator Aisha Binani, who has been desperate to compromise the election against the expressed will of the good people of Adamawa State.”
“It has come to the knowledge of our party that the APC and its candidate, having realised that they cannot defeat Governor Fintiri in the 69 polling units, given his popularity and determination of the people, are now putting pressure on INEC to alter already collated and declared results in other polling units where no cases of malpractice or disruption of election took place,” he said.
Meanwhile, Malam Aliyu Wakil Boya has denied ever sponsoring the hijack of poll result sheet in Fufore Local Council.
He told journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, that as a lawyer and local council boss, there was no way he could have descended to sponsor or undertake such criminal act.
Boya, who spoke while reacting to an allegation levelled against him by Fintiri during a Channels Television programme, said the governor could not substantiate his claims that the criminal acts were undertaken by persons associated with APC.
He said: “The allegation is completely unfounded. I am constrained to react to that allegation just to clear my name.
“When you allow falsehood to be repeated for so long, it begins to look like the truth. On that note, I want to say that the statement made by His Excellency, Governor Fintiri on Channels Television last Sunday evening that I participated in the electoral illegalities that took place in Fufore during the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections is not true.
“I share the view that the event in Fufore on election day was totally uncalled for and regrettable. And, by this position, I hereby disassociate myself completely from the illegalities that took place that day.
Boya said those who mentioned his name in connection with the criminal disruption of election at Fufore are misguided and mischievous, stressing that they are out to score cheap political points and attract undue political sympathy.