The Peoples Democratic Party in Kaduna (PDP) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of working with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) during the March 18 governorship election.
Felix Hyet, Kaduna PDP Chairman, made the allegation on Friday while addressing a media briefing at the party’s Secretariat in Kaduna.
“Section 82 of the Electoral Law gives us the opportunity to seek redress or review to the National Headquarters through administrative procedure by writing a petition to seek for a review within seven days of election.
“Election took place on the March 18, and on March 20 someone was announced a winner by allocation of votes. Unfortunately, they have said nothing and we wonder why?
“Their quietness seems to us as a connivance with the ruling party and the State to subvert justice and deny the people of the state the right to choose a leader,” Mr Hyet said.
He was responding to a petition submitted by the party following alleged irregularities in the just conducted gubernatorial election.
INEC had declared Uba Sani of the APC winner with 730,002 against PDP’s Isa Ashiru with 719,196 votes at the March 18 Kaduna gubernatorial election.
Mr Hyet said the party, while it remained law abiding, decided to seek redress through a civilised way.
The Chairman explained further that in the same petition the party submitted to the national headquarters, it made it clear to INEC that section 82 of the electoral law said that where the margin of victory was less than the total number of canceled votes, the Commission should re-conduct another election.
He, however, insisted that PDP in Kaduna State demanded INEC to make known to the public the authentic result as transmitted by the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the sake of fairness and justice.