Labour Party calls on INEC to suspend the further announcement of election results or cancel the election completely.
The Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council has called on INEC to suspend the announcement of election results and cancel the “compromised” election.
The party Presidential Campaign Council made this call on 27 February 2023.
The Director-General of the Labour Party Campaign Council at a party briefing said that President Buhari and INEC chairman, Yakub Mahmood, had on several occasions come out to promise Nigerians a free and fair election with the passage of the new Electoral Act but what has become glaring is that none of these promises has been kept.
Osuntokun also stated that all promises about deploying a fail-safe system anchored on BVAS were broken as the internet and social media are awash with videos and photographic pieces of evidence of the pervasive violence and attacks that were visited on Nigerians during the election and that some attacks are still ongoing across the country.
He said that there is numerous of evidence of collusion between INEC and the security forces to subvert the will of the people, adding that INEC’s guidelines on the conduct of the election were extensively breached, and INEC has evidently been very reluctant to make the necessary adjustment to remedy the situation.
“Contrary to the publicly advertised guidelines for the conduct of the elections, we are convinced that the processes leading to the results have been severely compromised. Consequently, we state that we have lost confidence in the results being collated and announced.
Nigerians have inundated us with calls and protests over INEC’s non-compliance with provisions of the electoral guidelines and the obvious manipulations of the election results.
We hereby, call on INEC to suspend the further announcement of the results, and follow its own guidelines or completely cancel the entire election and make plans for another election with strict compliance with the stipulated laws and guidelines” he said.