Godwin AJOM, Calabar
Electorates, the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) are currently under anxiety over the outcome of the presidential and National Assembly polls.
While the PFN is tasking INEC to both cancel and redo the elections in areas where there were electoral malpractices, BVAS inefficiency and violence, the IPAC is sending a strong warning to both Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the state government that the results from the polling units which 80% is already verifiably with them, should not be altered to avoid “unprecedented and unaccustomed resistance.”
According to Dr Lawrence Ekwok, PFN Chairman in Cross River, “nobody is more Nigerian than other Nigerians. INEC should match action with words. Also INEC should ensure speedy upload of results to avoid the suspicion that INEC officials are trying to tamper with the results.”
However, in a statement made available to TNN by Mr Anthony Bissong IPAC chairman and signed by IPAC secretary Ntami Esege in Calabar, the body warned against attempting to compromise the original results as recorded from the pooling units.
“The attention of IPAC has been drawn to a purported order from powerful forces within the ruling party (APC) in the state urging the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof Gabriel Yomere to suspend collation of results of the Presidential and National Assembly elections across the state.
“Cross Riverians have spoken in their various polling units and their voice must not be diminished. Every vote must count!
“We hereby warn that any attempt by INEC to alter, compromise or change the result of any polling unit, ward, constituency or senatorial district would be met with unprecedented resistance from Cross Riverians.”
IPAC further buttresses that, “we are already in possession of over eighty percent 80% of the polling units results from the 3,281 polling units across the state in our Situation Room. Any attempt therefore to change any figure would be greeted with unaccustomed resistance”.
TNN Observes that there are fears and anxiety over the delay of INEC to commence collation and uploading of some results especially from Cross River northern senatorial district and some parts of Central senatorial district.