PDP decries delay in declaration of H/Reps results in Ajeromi Ifelodun.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the House of Representatives election in Ajeromi/Ifelodun Federal Constituency, Hon. Rita Orji, has described as worrisome,.
The refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to announcement the results of the House of Reps election held in the area.
In a statement issued on Friday by her Campaign Office, the lawmaker who is currently representing the Federal Constituency at the lower Chamber of the National Assembly, lamented that despite a valid court order, directing INEC to declare the results of the election as conducted and announced at the polling units, the Commission had refused to obey the after a week the ruling was given.
The statement, which was signed by Charles Ejimadu, the Director General of Rita Orji’s Campaign Office, stated that it had become necessary to call the attention of Nigerians and lovers of democracy across the world to what they described as drama unfolding in Ajeromi Ifelodun Federal Constituency.
“You will recall that elections were conducted on 23rd February, 2019 for the offices of the president, senators and representatives across the country, Ajeromi Ifelodun federal constituency inclusive. While results have so far been announced and winners declared, the same cannot be said of Ajeromi Ifelodun federal constituency.
“The Electoral Officer who was saddled with the responsibility to conduct and supervise elections in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area (covering Ajeromi Ifelodun federal constituency),.
Mr. Adelaja with his collaborators ‘within and outside’ INEC, embarked on manipulation of results to subvert and rig the election in favour of his preferred candidate, the flag bearer of APC who clearly lost the election to Hon. Rita Orji (by the virtue of the collation of original results announced at the polling units, though INEC is yet to announce the collation).
“Mr. Adelaja, the erstwhile Electoral Officer who conducted the election on behalf of INEC assumed he is above the law and could single-handedly, without shame, brazenly rig the election to favour his candidate in the election, the candidate of the ruling party, APC.
“Hence, he arrogated the power to destroy some of the original result sheets of elections conducted at the polling units and went ahead to annul them under false claims. These were elections validly conducted and announced at the polling units.
Ajeromi Ifelodun: PDP candidate decries delay in declaration of house of Reps results, accuses INEC of working for APC candidate.
Members of the Rita Orji’s Campaign Office at a Press Conference.
“The lawlessness was perpetrated in order to do the bidding of his paymaster who bribed him heavily to compromise the process. His shenanigan to reduce Hon. Rita Orji’s overwhelming votes and margins are unimaginable in an attempt to mislead INEC to declare the election inconclusive.
“The 71 polling units, Mr. Adelaja wanted a re-run had results. As pointed out in earlier press conference, this is the alternative route Mr. Adelaja bargained with his ‘paymaster’ to steal the votes validly given in favour of Hon Rita Orji.
“In his bid to justify call for a re-run, he and his collaborators apart from destroying some of the original results in INEC custody, also tampered with some materials including doctoring results collated.
We shall confront Mr. Adelaja, his deputy, Bunmi and their cohorts with their mess and they will soon face the music,” the statement read in part.
The Campaign Office pointed out that it has its copies of the original results for 67 polling units out of the 71 polling units, adding that elections were conducted at the polling units, results were declared and pasted at the polling units where agents were given their copies including the security agents.
While stating that the Electoral Officer should also be reminded that election was conducted at the polling units and not the collation centre, it maintained that figures at the collation centre should reflect figures announced at the polling units.
“It is also curious that elections at the same polling units for the offices of the president and senate were announced while results for the House of Representative maliciously withheld. What a brazen act of malpractice.
“We urge you to declare the result and announce her officially without delay.
She and the electorates in Ajeromi Ifelodun should not be subjected to this harrowing experience because she does not belong to the ruling party.
You will recall that it is against the backdrop of this undue delay that the court awards monetary compensation in favour of Hon Rita Orji against INEC,” the statement added.
The Campaign Office has therefore called on INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to as a matter of urgency, direct the Resident Electoral Commissioner to comply with the court order and ensure the Returning Officer declare the results of the election.
According to it, “the signals from the REC with continued delay calls for concern. Mr. Adelaja, the Admin Secretary and other collaborators are not fit in INEC and a decent society.
We have several evidences of their dubious and wicked manipulations, when we get to the juncture, they shall face it.
“We do not expect any further delay from INEC. We already know who the winner is: Hon. Rita Orji. The margin is unprecedented. Hon. Rita Orji won convincingly.