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Monday, 18 April 2011

CPC rejects Presidential polls

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has rejected results of Saturday’s presidential elections in parts of the country, saying it would only accept the results after they had gone through forensic investigation.
National secretary of the party Buba Galadima said the results were products of barefaced electoral malpractice.
A statement he signed and made available to Daily Trust yesterday read in part: “The Congress for Progressive Change has reviewed the Presidential election held across the country on Saturday April 16 and has rejected the results from parts of the country for the following reasons:
“In our statement of Saturday, April 16 we drew the attention to the low turnout of voters in the South-South, East and South-West geo-political zones. Even some of the state governors from these zones attested to the low turnout of voters. The results released from the South-South and South-East show a turn-out of as much as 70 per cent of registered voters. Our representatives in the field reported absence of elections in many areas in the South-South and South-East. Where did the votes declared come from?
“In areas like the North-West, North-East and North-Central where voters turned out in large numbers to exercise their franchise, there was a low record of attendance! For some inexplicable reasons, the number of votes recorded manually was reduced on being fed into the computer, and consistently with as high as 40 per cent! Who was responsible for such deadly scheme?
“In many parts of country, especially in Sokoto, Jigawa, Gombe, Plateau, Benue, Adamawa, Kwara, Nasarawa and FCT, there were massive abuses and the party would demand scrutiny of the votes credited to the different parties.
“In some parts of the country, people from outside the geo-political zone were ordered to stay at home and not show their faces at the polling stations or they would be arrested and deported as aliens.”

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