March 15, 2019

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sternly cautions the leadership of
the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under Prof. Mahmood
Yakubu, against attempts by his commission to tamper with and further
cancel already tallied and declared results in 14 more local governments
in the Bauchi Governorship election.

The PDP warns that with the charged atmosphere in Bauchi state and the
level of awareness attained by the people of the state, any attempt by
anybody to touch the already announced results will attract serious
consequences to the conspirators.

Our party already have full information of plots by certain known top
ranking officials of INEC, who have been bribed with huge sums of money
by the All Progressives Congress (APC), to widen the scope of result
cancellation beyond Tafawa Balewa to 14 more Local Government Areas and
hike the number of cancelled votes from 70,000 to 184, 555.

To achieve this, INEC has been instructed by the APC to cancel already
declared results in 230 polling units in 15 LGAs, in the state, cause
confusion and pave the way for the APC to manipulate the March 23
Supplementary elections.

Seeing that our party, the PDP, and our candidate, Senator Bala
Mohammed, are inevitably coasting to victory, being that Tafawa Balewa
is home to the PDP, the APC is instructing INEC to cancel elections in
more local governments where it plans to manipulate the processes and
allocate fictitious results for the APC at the March 23 polls.

The PDP states that such a wicked plot cannot stand, as the people of
Bauchi state have fully rallied themselves for a firm resistance.

Our party is already in possession of a leaked document from the Bauchi
INEC office, which exposed details of this wicked plot against the
people of Bauchi state.

This plot further justifies our stance that even the cancellation of
Tafawa Balewa results was orchestrated by the APC and INEC in the
ignoble bid to forcefully rob the people of Bauchi state of their choice
of the PDP candidate, Senator Bala Mohammed, as their governor.

It is public knowledge that by the results delivered at the polling
units, Sen. Bala Mohammed was already leading with over 4,000 votes
after results of 19 LGAs were collated and announced.

With Tafawa Balewa LGA, where the PDP scored 40,000 valid votes against
the APC’s 29,000, it is clear that our party won the election with about
15,000 votes, only for the results of the Tafawa Balewa LGA to be
cancelled for no just cause by INEC.

The PDP invites Nigerians to note that Tafawa Balewa result was
cancelled by the state Returning Officer, Prof. Mohammed Kyari, who
unilaterally ruled that there was no result for the LGA even when the
Collation Officer, Mrs. Dominion Anosike, had informed the commission
that there was no any incident of cancellation, violence or electoral
malpractices at both the polling unit and ward levels.

Though the PDP vehemently rejects the cancellation of Tafawa Balewa, we
stand with the people of Bauchi state, in the determination to go to the
supplementary election on March 23 and reinforce our candidate’s victory
in Tafawa Balewa LGA. This is in addition to the resolve to vehemently
resist any attempt by INEC to tamper with already declared results in
the other 19 local governments of state.

The PDP therefore urges the INEC fact-finding committee headed by a
National Commissioner to be guided by the extant rules as established in
court rulings that the polling units is a base of our elections and that
once declaration has been made at the polling units and return of votes
established, INEC no longer has powers to influence the results from
such polling units.

Finally, the PDP counsels the APC to accept its defeat not only in
Bauchi state but also in Sokoto, Benue, Plateau, Kano as well as Adamawa
states, and end its shenanigans, as such will amount to naught.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary
And
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Organization