The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is laying the foundation for the rigging of the 2023 election through the manual collation of results.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye in an interview with newsmen said the collation of results of the 2023 general elections will be done manually despite the adoption of electronic transmission of results.
Atiku, reacting through his spokesman, Daniel Bwala, alleged that with such a statement INEC is laying the foundation for the rigging of the 2023 elections.
The PDP Presidential candidate spokesman examined that Section 60 is clear and at the close of voting at the polling unit, the voting results will be uploaded, meaning that by the time the officer from the unit goes to the ward, he cannot present a result different from the one that was uploaded, which every voter can have access to it.
According to him, the same thing applies to the local government and the state, because there is evidence that results have been sent to a server where they cannot be manipulated.
He said, what Okoye said means they are creating the room and possibility for somebody to manipulate the result without prejudice to the counting and the result as announced at the unit.
The PDP candidate cautioned INEC that Nigerians are not interested in litigation, but in a free, fair, credible election where their votes will count.