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Niger By-election: INEC, PDP Collaborated to Steal My Mandate, Alleges Umar

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IMAGE: Dr. Shem Nuhu Zagbayi, winner of the Niger East Senatorial by-election after a re-run. »


The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate   in the just concluded by-election in Niger State, David Umar, has accused both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of stealing his mandate, adding that they have not been able to celebrate because they are ashamed.
“Why are they not celebrating if truly they (PDP) won? They cannot celebrate because the mandate is not theirs.”

According to Umar, who spoke to journalists in Minna, during a press briefing yesterday, said the election was fraught with fraudulent activities perpetrated by the PDP in collaboration with INEC officials.

He alleged that top government officials were stationed at various polling units with trucks loaded with cash, wrappers and shoes which were openly used to induce and buy votes while security agents intimidated voters.

“In some instances a voter’s vote was purchased for N30,000, while district heads, village and ward heads were intimidated and ordered to ensure victory for PDP at their places of influence or have their appointments terminated.”

“PDP is afraid of the will of the people that gave us their mandate, but they have used their antics to subvert and steal the will of the people and I know God will punish them for what they have done.

“Despite the intimidation, buying of votes and snatching of ballot boxes, the people of the zone and the state in general have spoken. PDP cannot stop the force of wind of change that is blowing across the state, we have done well and we have won the election even if PDP stole it away from us,” he said.

Also speaking, the Senator-elect, Dr. Shem Nuhu Zagbayi, in his first press conference after receiving his certificate of return, called on those who contested with him to accept the results of the election, adding that they should see it as a divine verdict.

He appealed to them to join hands with him to represent the people adequately adding that he did not believe that he was ever going to contest for an elective position again.

“I never thought I will ever stand before the REC to receive a certificate of return or contest for an elective position again but God in his mercies made it possible after the death of our late beloved Senator Awaisu Kuta”

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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