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2023: ‘He Has Been In Touch With Top INEC Officials’ – PDP Accuses Bello Matawalle Of Plot To Manipulate Results




The Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle has been accused of plotting with some top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to manipulate results of his hometown, Maradun local government.

Naija News reports that the accusation was made by the Zamfara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday.

The PDP claims that the governor has been meeting with top officials of the electoral body to work thongs in favour of his party.

The allegation was contained in a statement issued on Monday in Gusau for the party through the PDP Media officer, Dauda Lawal.

The Zamfara PDP insisted that Governor Matawalle wasn’t willing to accept defeat in peace, noting that they have confirmed sources saying the governor is forcing INEC to change the authentic results.

The statement advanced that; “Governor Matawalle thinks that it would be that easy for him to manipulate the result of his hometown, Maradun. We have confirmed from verified sources that the governor has been in touch with top INEC officials, forcing them to allocate fake figures in his favor.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has already uploaded results of 185 polling units out of the total 195 polling units of the local government.

“Results from eight wards have been completed on the INEC election results portal while awaiting the upload of 10 polling units in two wards.

“We have computed the total number of votes on IREV. The All Progressive Congress (APC) polled 26,170 while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 12,543. The margin so far, from the 185 polling units is 13,627. No magic can upturn this result, the governor should know.

“Even if the governor will succeed in forcing the returning officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the Maradun local government area to allocate illegal figures to him, there is no way they can erase or manipulate the over 90% results uploaded so far on the portal.

“He requested the INEC officials to add at least 50, 000 votes in his favor before announcing the result of the Maradun local government. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must exonerate itself from this unholy plot.

“As part of the clandestine move by the governor, he ordered the unlawful arrest of the PDP chairman of Maradun local government. Our party agents across wards were targeted and arrested.

“Abdulmutallib Sani and Nura Ibrahim were arrested in Janbako ward; Hamza Usman and Abdulhamid Bala were arrested in Maradun Nortth local government; Sani Umar and Nura Hamisu were arrested in Damaga/Gama Giwa ward; Ibrahim Sulaiman and Saidu Garba were arrested in Dosara/Birnin Kaya ward; Yahaya Yusuf and Sani Moh’d were arrested in Maradun South.

“Also, Abubakar Jafar and Muhammad Abdulnasir were arrested in Faru Magami ward; Kamilu Lawal and Abdulrahman Tukur were arrested in Gora ward; Mustapha Yusuf and Lawali Kaya were arrested in Kaya ward; while Surajo Dan Galadima and Namadina Muh’d were arrested in Gidan Gogo ward.

“Our source also confirmed that the governor has left Gusau for Maradun local government this morning, to execute the plan of manipulating the result.

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“We are calling on INEC to discountenance itself from this charade and investigate and punish all its officers who are complicit in this plot. We call on the security operatives to do the same.”