Convener, YesWeFit Revolutionary Movement, Dr Thomas-Wilson Ikubese has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to apologise to Nigerians and stop the ongoing presidential and National Assembly election results’ announcements at the National Collation Center, Abuja for being incongruent with the actual results collated and announced at polling units immediately after elections on Saturday.
Dr. Ikubese, in a recommendation to INEC following the nationwide rejection of the ongoing national collation and announcement of the election results, also urged the electoral umpire to return to the polling units this coming Saturday, 4th of March, 2023 where it would announce the original election results with the verification of all the electorates and party agents as well as ensure the authentic results are uploaded to the iREV portal right from the polling units.
The former presidential aspirant, in the statement, said that although the new electoral act of 2022 authorises INEC to upload election results directly from polling unit, that INEC rec officers refused to adhere to the constitutional provisions for election by failing to upload the results from polling units.
He also said that those who even managed to upload the results from polling units did not upload the results live. Instead, they uploaded the results on offline mode which, according to him, many people said is subject to manipulations.
Dr. Ikubese also urged president Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the INEC chairman and the umpire to implement his recommendations as a way to douse the tension brewing in the country over the election outcome.
His statement reads thus:
“Nigerians came out in their numbers to vote their candidates of choice on 25th February 2023 because INEC promised them that their votes will count, by the introduction of Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) and INEC Result Viewing Portal (iREV), as reiterated by Prof Mahmood Yakubu and senior officials of INEC.
The introduction of BVAS and iREV ensure that it will be one-man-one-vote and that the figures of votes cast per polling unit will be transmitted immediately to the INEC portal untampered as reflected in the new electoral act 2022.
Unfortunately, after counting the votes at the last election, the majority of INEC staff at the polling units could not upload the results to the INEC server using the BVAS machine, citing various suspicious technical reasons!
A few that managed to upload did so using the offline mode, a process that many claimed is subject to manipulation.
Since the serial announcement of results began at the National Collation Center in Abuja on Sunday 26th February 2023, political parties have raised serious objections to the figures being assigned to their parties, claiming that these digits do not reflect the votes cast at the various polling units across the country.
In order to restore confidence in the electoral process and foster national unity, I urge INEC to take the following steps urgently;
- Apologize to Nigerians for not uploading the results from the polling units immediately using the BVAS machines as promised ab initio and as expressly captured in the new electoral act 2022.
- Stop the ongoing collation and announcement of results at the National Collation Center Abuja.
- Ask voters and INEC officials to return to their polling units this coming Saturday, 4th March 2023 where the original results that were announced at each polling unit on Saturday 25th February 2023 will be re-announced, verified by party agents and voters and properly transmitted to the INEC server using the BVAS machine.
- Conduct fresh elections in polling units where INEC officials did not show up and where cases of violence were reported to have prevented people from voting.
I appeal to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari to reach out to the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu as to activating the above recommendations in the interest of our dear nation, so that history be kind to him.”