* Accuses INEC of disenfranchising 8m voters
Vice presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, has said that a situation where Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) adopted different measures for the conduct of elections for different parts of the country is not acceptable.
Obi, who addressed journalists at his Onitsha residence on the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections, observed that the card readers were used in conducting elections, especially in PDP strongholds even when the card readers did not work while accreditation was done manually in its opponents’ areas and the results were accepted.
This is why, he reasoned, Anambra state that registered 1.4 million voters could record 600,000 votes while small states like Yobe and Boko Haram ravaged-states like Borno returned high figures.
Even at that, Obi continued, there were several polling units where voting could not take place because of non-availability of card readers while in other areas, especially in Lagos, Igbo residents were prevented from voting and were asked to return to their states to vote.
He said: “I noticed on the day of the election that several card readers were not working. I also noticed that during the voting the process was clumsy because card readers were not functioning and where they worked they were slow.
“They did not work in highly concentrated areas. This is why in Anambra of the over 1.4 million registered voters only 600,000 voted.
“Yet in some parts of this country people voted without card readers, yet all votes counted”.
Obi also said that votes were inflated in some states where All Progressives Congress won and wondered how many states in the North with low population density returned votes more than what they registered.
He lamented that ordinarily Nigeria ought to build on the success of 2015 general elections but this has not been the case.
Obi said what was witnessed in the 2019 general election is not different from the demand of many Nigerians for a level playing ground.
He said the plan to disenfranchise the South was clear, well articulated and planned.
He added that for those of them who were contestants in the election there were intimidation and harassment leading to the burning of the card readers without anyone being arrested.
Obi said even if PDP had won, he would hold the same views because the process was wrong.
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