Gyang Bere, Jos
Five days after the Presidential and National Assembly elections, there is a mounting tension in Plateau north Senatorial District, over the delay in the announcement of election results for the district and Bassa/Jos North Federal Constituency.
Daily Sun gathered that political groups in support of the two leading parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are protesting that the results had been doctored.
It was observed that supporters of the APC in the senatorial district are not celebrating the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari duringin the presidential election, simply because the senatorial election result has not been announced.
National Chairman of Concerned Nigerian Citizens, Ahmed Hassan, said they will not accept any result that does not favour Rufus Bature, the APC senatorial candidate for Plateau north and Haruna Maitala, APC candidate for House of Representatives.
He said they will not accept a doctored result from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and called on the electoral body’s Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmoud, to order release of the result of the elections
He said: “The delay in the announcement of the results gives room for suspicion. We believe something is going on, and any attempt to temper with the result of Plateau north election will not be accepted, because we already have the result.
“The election was very peaceful and results of the presidential and national assembly elections have been announced, except that of the Plateau north, and we don’t know why the result is being delayed.”
Chairman of Concerned Nigerian Citizens, Plateau North, Comrade Mohammed Bashir Mohammed, alleged that INEC had doctored the result and said they will not accept any injustice.
He urged INEC to announce the result as it is and added that whoever is aggrieved should contest the result in court.
“We don’t know what is delaying the result. We are disturbed by the action of INEC and we will not accept any manipulation of the result. We need our result today, we are seriously concerned over the delay in announcement of the result.”