Presidency mounting pressure on INEC to change results in Rivers, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Kogi, Bauchi, others – PDP - 9jakam

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Presidency mounting pressure on INEC to change results in Rivers, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Kogi, Bauchi, others – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the unconditional release of its member, Buba Galadima, who was allegedly arrested by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS), on Sunday.
The PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, in a statement he issued on Sunday in Abuja, said that the party condemned the arrest in the strongest possible terms.
He described Mr Galadima a `patriot’, whose patriotism had been previously and strongly highlighted by various Nigerians including President Muhammadu Buhari.
“What crime has he committed? I answer my own question and say none. Mr Galadima is constitutionally guaranteed a right of freedom of speech and freedom after the speech.”
Mr Secondus said that there were issues of concern in the country that no action had been taken by the law enforcement authorities, “yet a patriot and pro-democracy activist is arrested”.
He expressed concern that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council called for the arrest of Mr Galadima at noon on Sunday and the arrest was duly carried out by the DSS an hour later.
“I call for the immediate release of Galadima by the DSS, even as I remind the service and other security agencies that their oath of allegiance was swor
n to Nigeria and not to the APC. (NAN)
This is as party claimed that it is already aware that the Presidency “has been mounting pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and dispatching officials to change results in Rivers, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Kogi, Bauchi, Cross River, Borno, Yobe and Edo states among others, in a frenzy to allocate fictitious figures for President Muhammadu Buhari.”
In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP alleged that the “Presidency is also threatening the South-East state governors to change results and carve a 25% for Mr. President, a scheme that has already failed.”
The statement further read: “In Bauchi state, we are aware of the plots to move thump-printed ballot papers and fabricated results from Bauchi to Dass Local Government Area to upturn PDP’s victory in the results already delivered and announced at the polling units in the area.

“This is why the electoral officials have been delaying moving the results for final collation and announcement. If this plot fails, the All Progressives Congress, APC, plans to void the results for Dass.”

The party also said its agents and indeed, Nigerians, already have the results as delivered at the polling units and “are not ready to accept anything to the contrary.”

It called on INEC to resist the pressure to go against the will of the people freely expressed on Saturday.

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