All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate for Taraba State in the April 11 polls, Senator Aisha Alhassan has called for the total cancellation of the results of the last Saturday’s election citing many irregularities and malpractices.
In a press briefing she addressed in Abuja yesterday, the guber candidate said the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agents colluded with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to manipulate the election process.
According to her, elections did not properly take place in 11 of the 16 local government areas in the state.
She therefore called on the INEC to either cancel the results of the most affected 11 local government councils or cancel the entire state and start on a clean slate.
“In many wards cutting across many local governments, the elections did not hold in accordance with INEC guidelines.
“Despite several reports, complaints and protests to INEC ( SPOs, EOs, REC and ROs) by our party field officers, myself and the state party chairman on the irregularities while going on and after, at collation levels, the INEC failed to react and went ahead to accept most of the flawed results.
“The affected local governments are Wukari, Kurmi, Yorro, Karim Lamido, Ardo Kola, Sardauna, Zing, Bali, Lau, Donga and Takum. That’s eleven out of the sixteen local governments in which various irregularities were recorded in the state. After much pressure and complaints at the state collation centre, the INEC cancelled only the results of Donga Local Government and some few units in the remaining local governments complained of, leaving a chunk of results of other areas complained of.
“At Jibu Ward in Wukari, voting took place in only three out of 27 polling units. At Bantaje Ward also in Wukari, voting took place in only 11 out of 56 polling units, but results for all the polling units were returned.
“In Kurmi, card readers were not used at all and election did not take place. The PDP simply relied on security agencies to rig the polls and write results.
“In Yorro, voting materials were snatched while residences of PDP officials were used for ballot stuffing and writing results. APC agents were brutally beaten and chased out of voting centres.
“In view of the information stated above, we have decided to make the following calls: INEC should set aside the declaration of inconclusive result for Taraba State. The results of all the areas affected by irregularities in the eleven local governments should be cancelled out rightly, after which a fresh collation should be done and a winner declared.
“Alternatively, the result of the entire state should be cancelled and a fresh election conducted. This is in view of the widespread irregularities in most of the local government areas of the state,” she demanded.
INEC had declared the Taraba State governorship election inconclusive based on the fact that the number of voided votes is higher than the difference between the votes gathered by the two leading political parties – the PDP and the APC, but has rescheduled a rerun for Saturday April 25.

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