An election observer, Alliance for Credible Elections (ACE) on Monday in Abuja, stated that the just concluded governorship election in Edo State was heavily rigged.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner.
But the ACE said that the election was rigged scientifically by INEC, at the point of collation of results.
ACE likened the outcome as replica of the elections conducted in 2003 and 2007, under the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, and warned against the repeat of such in the forth coming governorship election in Ondo State.
At a press conference, in Abuja, on the report of its observation of Edo State governorship election, addressed by its acting General Secretary, Mma Odi, the group said that the Edo election saw a new innovation in rigging.
ACE lamented that: “INEC deliberately delayed collation of results of election till 10pm which was when act of rigging was carried out.
“This election has brought in new innovations to the rigging of elections. You make the election to appear very nice during voting and all that but when it concerns collating, they were highly innovative. We are getting higher in technological advancement.”
ACE further warned INEC against playing partisan role in its responsibilities.
Similarly, Public Interest Association, another accredited election observer group, that monitored the election in the state, has called for the cancellation of the results.
PIA described the election as a charade and against the wishes of Edo people.
National Coordinator, Mrs Esther Bassey, told newsmen in Benin, Edo State, that INEC was under pressure to declare results to avoid an inconclusive exercise.
She said, “We demand for an immediate cancellation of the September 28, 2016 governorship election in Edo State because such charade exercise has already put the peace and unity of the state in jeopardy as the results released by a partisan and compromised INEC does not in any way reflect the wishes of the people of the state.
“The results released shows that INEC was indeed under pressure to avoid further inconclusive elections in Nigeria as many inconclusive elections nowadays have already painted the commission on a negative note before Nigerians, hence the careful allocation of votes to political parties and declaration of a winner without consideration of the peoples’ feeling.”