…Pat Utomi, others held hostage by thugs at Lagos Collation Centres.
…INEC Officials trading, falsifying results at Collation Centres.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Chairman, Contact and Mobilisation/Special Duties of Labour Party and Head of Grassroots Mobilisation of the Obi-Datti 2023 Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, Veteran Olawale Okunniyi, has raised alarm on emergence of election crises in Nigeria.
Olawale, otherwise known as the National Chief Mobiliser of the Labour Party and Obi-dient Movement under the banner of the Big Tent of the 3rd Force Movement of Nigeria, has tasked the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, in the incidents.
The Chief mobilizer, in a statement on Sunday, 26th February, urged INEC Boss to urgently move to check the growing incidents of non-upload of elections results for collation, especially in Lagos and its environs due to unfounded excuses from compromised INEC officials that BVAS have suddenly stopped functioning for transmission and collation results.
“We also frown at the on-going disruptions of collation of elections results and violence in Lagos as reports from our men and women on the field indicate infliction of violence and assault on Labour Party Agents and Representatives, among who are renowned political economist and Convener of the Big Tent, Prof Pat Utomi, at collation centres in Lagos with heavy sporadic shooting to prevent collation of results from the polling units, where the ruling APC lost the elections.
“We, therefore, call on Nigerian Security Forces to urgently move to neutralise this ongoing thuggery and violence in most parts of Lagos, including Eti Osa, Ejigbo, Ishaga and Oshodi areas, among others, where thugs are currently having a field day assaulting and holding electoral officials and Labour Party representatives hostage.
“Intelligence report at our disposal also reveals that some INEC officials, in connivance with political Chieftains of the ruling party are presently engaged in falsification of elections results at the collation centres and, that, there are also strong plots to trade-off the votes of the Labour Party and Peter Obi in some South States.
“INEC officials concerned in this conspiratorial falsification and merchandising are hereby warned to immediately desist from this fraudulent act, in order not to incur the wrath of already frustrated masses of Nigeria.
“Finally, we wish to plead with INEC strongly to ensure that all results uploaded on their portal for collation tally with the results signed and handed over to the Polling units Agents of political parties at the polling units, in order to prevent the present machinations of some politicians to discredit and scuttle the 2023 elections,” it stated.