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INEC shifts collation as PDP, APC disagree over winner

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The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday adjourned the collation of the results of last Saturday’s elections until 11:00 a.m. today.

At the formal opening of the collation centre in Abuja, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said he was adjourning the exercise because no state collation officer had arrived in Abuja with the results of the presidential election.

Agents from the various political parties, election observers and journalists were present at the collation centre .

Earlier, Yakubu had told journalists that Ekiti State had concluded the collation process and that the officer was on his way to Abuja with the results.

Meanwhile, as Nigerians await the final outcome of the polls, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have disagreed over the winner.

While the PDP charged INEC to immediately announce the results as delivered from the polling units and declare its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, the winner, APC said the PDP’s victory claim was baseless.

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In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday, PDP explained that its position was predicated on “clear and verifiable results across the nation, showing that Atiku is in clear lead both in spread and total number of votes cast.”

“Intelligence available to us is that INEC is delaying the announcement of results following directives by the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC), which are bent on altering the figures from the polling centres and allocating fictitious figures for President Muhammadu Buhari, particularly in northern states.

“Curiously, INEC server is now shut down, results are no more being transmitted and the reason is to enable the APC to inflate figures from six designated states,” PDP further claimed.

The opposition party called on international observers and election monitors to insist on a transparent process of transmission of results and the monitoring thereof.

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