Agents of nine political parties, including People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP) have walked out of National Collation Centre, Abuja over the inability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to transmit results to its Results Viewing Portal (IReV) 48 hours after the election on Saturday.
The agents in a point of order raised by PDP’s agents, Senator Dino Maleye and Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, corroborated by those of labour party and other political parties accused the INEC of conniving with the All Progressive Congress (APC) to manipulate the results in its favour.
The party agents quoted Section 65 and other sections of the electoral act 2022 signed by President Muhammed Buhari, and advised the INEC of the need to review the results from the states in order to ascertain the authenticity.
The party agents reminded the INEC’s Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu of his earlier promise to Nigerians that the election results would be transmitted in real time at the polling units across the country, therefore, asked him to suspend the collation of results until the results were fully uploaded on the commission’s IReV.
The Agents’ point of order was in respect of the irregularities reported at the polling units across the country, especially the claims that some state governors took advantage of the failure of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) at the polling units to manipulate the results.
Results check at the INEC’s portal revealed that only 40% of the 176,846 polling units were uploaded on INEC IReV.
Meanwhile, agents of political parties like: the APC, Social Democratic Party (SDP), Accord Party (AP), BOOT Party (BP), People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Young Progressive Party (YPP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM) expressed satisfaction with the results so far called therefore, refused to walkout of the national collation centre in Abuja.