By Lawrence Audu
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the just concluded Kaduna Local Government polls describing it as highly provocative, fraudulent and completely indefensible.
A statement by the party’s Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan said, the alteration of final results and declaration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner in areas clearly won by the PDP is most unfortunate.
“From the reports of results at the polling centers, it is clear that the PDP defeated the APC in most of the areas where elections held across the state, including Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s ward where the PDP led with over 90% percent of the votes cast.
“The result of this election is a clear testimony of our popularity in the state. As such, PDP rejects the fraud by Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) in altering the results in favour of APC.
“It is totally intolerable for KADSIECOM, working in cahoots with the discredited APC, to engage in the manipulation of the collation process by changing the figures and announcing final results that are different from figures tallied at the polling centers.” He said.
Mr Ologbondiyan said such daylight robbery by the APC is absolutely unacceptable, particularly, given the precarious security situation in the state.
“We have preponderance of instances where final electoral officers were whisked away to unknown destinations by agents of Kaduna state government, aided by security agencies, while fake results are being announced in favour of the APC.”
The PDP cautioned the Chairman of KADSIECOM, Dr. Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu to save the state from avoidable stress by resisting the APC, withdrawing all altered final results and announcing only results that reflect the actual wishes of the people as expressed in the ballot.
“KADSIECOM Chairman must note that the entire world is watching and history beckons as she makes her decision to stand either on the side of truth, justice and honour or on the side of corruption, treachery and infamy.” He added.