Mr. Yohanna Gotom, a senatorial candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau Central, has pleaded with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to uphold the law and proclaim him the winner of the Senate election on February 25.
In an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Jos, Gotom made the decision.
The candidate questioned why INEC was considering extra elections when the outcome would actually be determined by the electoral act.
He claimed there was overwhelming proof of over voting, result sheet tampering, and computation problems.
“The electoral act is one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s positive contributions to Nigeria.
The election legislation is very clear on these matters; the law states that overvoting or tampering with results leads in a complete cancellation. Section 64, subsections seven and nine, allow you to do it. I’m curious as to why INEC is taking so long to announce this outcome. I want to see that justice, equity, and fairness are carried out because this is a total rape of democracy. “I want to inform all the stakeholders who believed they’d compromised, that the end of the road has come for them,” he said.
According to Gotom, those who supported the PDP were orphans, widows, and people with less privilege, and their votes couldn’t be tampered with.
He claimed that the votes cast by the populace were for hope, effective government, and high-quality representation.
The candidate asserted that there was absolutely no need for a second election and that he had no desire to take part in one.
He encouraged INEC to act straight away, examine the outcome in light of electoral rules, and announce the winner rather than calling for new elections.
He claimed that holding another election would encourage and support criminal activity.
I formally wrote to INEC outlining the inconsistencies that must be fixed. We demand a thorough investigation of the Kanam Local Government results and the removal of the 1, 901 votes that were incorrectly added to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the Mangu summary sheet.
He continued, “We seek the repair of computation flaws, the outright cancellation of mutilated results, and the cancellation of overvoting in 9 federal wards.”
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