Our Reporter, Abuja
National Chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure, has raised alarm over the refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to upload results collated in various polling units in Lagos and Delta states to its central server.
The LP chairman said in a statement on Saturday that INEC officials in connivance with the security agencies are claiming that the BVAS has suddenly developed fault and therefore cannot function.
He said that information from the party’s agents has it that in places like Agege, Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, Surulere, and Ibeju Lekki, amongst others where results show that Labour Party won convincingly, the INEC officials claim that the BVAS suddenly developed fault when it concerns uploading results of the presidential election.
“Information reaching me has it that in Lagos, they have refused to upload the results for the presidential election, they have uploaded that of the Senate and House of Representatives but for the presidential, they have refused. And they are using the police to drive our agents and supporters out of the place. And they said that they have firm instruction from INEC headquarters not to upload.
“For example, in Kosofe, they put the collation centre in a Local Government Area Headquarters. The place is surrounded by APC and people are afraid for their lives. They are not uploading, they said that they have been given instructions to insist that the BVAS is faulty. And most of the places we won, but they have refused to upload.
“As I speak, APC officials are in Yaba office of INEC negotiating with the officials. What I have said now is happening in Agege, Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, Surulere, we have this situation all over. In Ibeju Lekki, our local government chairman who attempted to stop them was arrested by the police.”
Abure also allege that similar situation is playing out across the collation centres in Delta State.
He, however, called on INEC to ensure that only genuine and verifiable results generated from the various polling units are uploaded.
Abure also urged the police to help this democracy to work and should resist the lure by politicians to mar the gains of democracy by refusing to be used to deny Nigerians their choice of leaders.