Dino Melaye and others have stormed out Of the National Collation Centre.
Glamtush reports that many party agents led by PDP Dino Melaye, followed by party agents of Labour Party and many other party agents stormed out of the National Collation Center in Abuja over INEC not responding to their pleas to upload the results from the polling units before making the announcement of the results.
This online newspaper gathered that Dino Melaye; and a former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha; an agent of the Labour Party, amongst others staged a walkout on the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu over dissatisfaction on the process of the collation of results from state collation officers for the presidential election (SCOPs).
This happened shortly after the INEC Chairman resumed after a recession. The agents from different parties spoke up and said they will not accept the results shared at the collation centre unless it was first uploaded directly from the polling units.
They questioned the validity of the results but only the APC agent digressed saying that the Collation should continue and any party not satisfied with the result should seek regress at the tribunal.
Melaye, Ihedioha as well as the agents of the Labour Party and other parties had complained that the results presented by INEC SCOPs weren’t uploaded on the commission’s Results Viewing Portal (IReV), as repeatedly promised by the electoral umpire before the February 25 presidential poll.
Melaye argued strongly that without the upload of results electronically on IReV, this year’s election is not in any way different from the manual transmission of results done in 2015.
Melaye and others fiercely insisted that the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu must not accept the results of Ekiti, alleging that there were incidents of over voting and electoral irregularities. They contended that the collation of results at the centre is at variance with provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.
They unanimously called for outright cancellation of the results.
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