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Kaduna PDP vows to reclaim ‘stolen mandate’ through judiciary

…As APC receives CoR.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Kaduna State, has vowed that it’ll not leave any stone unturned to reclaim its stolen governorship ticket mandate of Kaduna through the judiciary.

PDP Chairman in Kaduna State, Mr. Felix Hassan Hyet, made the assertion in a briefing shortly after the ceremony of Certificates of Return presentation to the APC Governor-elect, Senator Uba Sani, by INEC on Friday.

Hyet admitted that the results of the March 18 governorship election were accurately downloaded from the polling units into the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), “and as such the Commission cannot prove wrong its system of storing and saving results.”

He, however, said that there was no going back by the PDP to reclaiming its “stolen mandate” during the governorship election.

At a press conference in Kaduna, Hyet, the former Minister of Aviation, reiterated the rejection of the declared results by INEC that gave victory to candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Uba Sani. 

“We reaffirm our rejection of the declared results that gave APC Candidate victory over PDP Candidate. Our determination to retrieve the people’s mandate through legal processes started with application for Review of the elections to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) National Headquarters, the outcome of which is being awaited.

“We challenge the INEC to live above board and avoid partisanship as a supposedly independent body and do her work according to constitutional provision, as an umpire in election matters of our dear country.

“We saw a very unfortunate incident, a broad daylight robbery. APC candidate was earlier shedding tears in a circulated video, an indication that he had lost the election, but few hours later he was declared winner of the election and everything went quiet as if we are in a ghost town.

“There was no outright winner, so we expected that that election should have been put on hold. We have applied for the review of the election through the National Chairman of the party to INEC, but after a week we have not heard anything from INEC. Even, if it is an interview, the result should be out by now.

“Members of the election petition tribunal should remember that there is God’s judgement hereafter, as they embark on their duty. Nothing will be hidden during the sitting of the tribunal.

“The PDP expresses dismay on the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, that allowed itself to be a willing tool in short-changing the people of Kaduna State. It is, to say the least, despicable.

“However, the Party appreciates our teeming supporters and good people of Kaduna State on the support given to the PDP, thus far, especially during the Presidential and National Assembly, and Governorship/State Assembly Elections. Dispel all rumours going round suggesting a compromise, it is not possible,” he also said.

Fielding questions from journalists, the PDP Chairman indicted a Professor from ABU Zaria, who allegedly disappointed other political parties during the election as Returning Officer, saying she should have emulated her counterpart in the Southeast who resisted pressure and upheld her integrity, and now being cerebrated home and abroad.

Hyet also faulted the collation of results in Kudan Local Government Area of Kaduna State, alleging it was fraught with malpractices. 

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