Earlier before the Kebbi State Independent Electoral Commission (KSIEC), begins the announcement of Saturday’s results from Local Government Election conducted in the state, the Chairman of main opposition party, PDP, Haruna Saidu, has expressed his displeasure over the poor conduct of the exercise; and described the process as suspicious and a secret coup to manipulate the polls in favour of ruling party APC.
Saidu who said this while addressing the news men in his office, has noted that the election was heavily marred by irregularities, malpractice and violence across the state, which was orchestrated by the ruling party to deliberately steal the people’s mandate, with intent to cover up unpopularity of the current administration.
According to him, the reports sent to his office revealed that the election was characterized with snatching of ballot boxes, late arrival of voting materials, loading ballot boxes with ballot papers before the commencement of voting exercise, especially in the PDP dominated areas.
Other ugly incidence witnessed and reported to his office from the exercise according to him were, intimidation of eligible voters, coercing the electorate to vote against the candidate of their choices, as all were being displayed by All Progressive Congress (APC) thugs in some local government areas, such as Kalgo, Jega, Aleiro, Zuru and so on.
The chairman, however, called on all relevant security agencies, particularly, the police to rise up to their responsibilities, making necessary arrest with the documented reports available with them and bring those perpetrators of electoral frauds to book. According to him, this will serve as a deterrent to other hoodlums and miscreants who wish to be used as political thugs disrupting electoral process in the future.
He finally appealed to the electoral umpire, KSIEC, to maintain neutrality in discharging their duty with transparency and ensure that the collations and announcement of results go in good conscience and with consistent numbers of votes cast from various polling units.