A human rights coalition, the Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights and Democracy Organisations (SBCHROs) has released a report which it says details how the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was rigged out during the February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections across the country.
In a statement sent to Sundiata Post on Friday, the group issued its full report, saying:
The Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights & Democracy Organisations (SBCHROs), a coalition of 22 rights and democracy organisations in Southeast Nigeria has continued her in-depth investigation behind massive or widespread rigging of the last Saturday’s Presidential Poll and mindless subversion of the sacred electoral wishes of the Nigerian People. Nigerians must be told in plain and arithmetic language and signs how their sacred electoral wishes were subverted in industrial scale and with impunity by the integrity challenged INEC and the country’s riotous political leadership and its brigade of goons. .
Not only that in the end, the real winner of that important poll was undeclared and closer rival declared “winner” by the integrity challenged INEC but also the declared “winner” and his violent loyalists are going about attacking or sponsoring group violence against independent voters particularly citizens of Igbo Nation; for voting against them in the said poll. Violent attacks or harassments have intensified in Igbo dominated areas of Lagos, Ibadan, FCT and other parts of northern Nigeria. In Jos, Plateau State, Igbo traders now go to their shops late and close early to avoid being attacked by hired northern hooligans.
By law and other conventions associated with electoral process, the electoral umpire of every country must be allowed to announce results of a given election and announce a winner, rightly or wrongly; after which the electorates, in part or in whole, including groups or individuals can legally exercise their right of reply, disputing or concurring graphically with the declaration by the named electoral umpire. Such exercise of right of reply includes going to electoral tribunal, rejecting or accepting the verdict of the electoral umpire; all within the confines of the law. The declaration done by the electoral umpire such as Nigeria’s INEC stands until invalidated by the electoral court of last resort.
It is recalled that a key member of this Coalition, Intersociety had on 26th Feb issued a statement, calling on PDP not to preemptively announce its collated results of the said Presidential Poll but allow INEC to finish its own announcement and declare a winner, after which the Party could reply the Commission and tell Nigerians how it was massively rigged; with State-by-State breakdown. Intersociety’s advisory statement had arisen on account of the PDP’s earlier statement rejecting the results as being announced by INEC; saying they were brutally at variance with the collated results in the possession of the Party and accredited poll observers particularly the international observers.
Legitimate Access To Election Results In Nigeria
Polling unit originated results of election in Nigeria are derived from three main sources: (a) eyewitnesses/polling unit pasted results; (b) INEC retained copies of FormEC8A results and (c) Party agents’ copies of FormEC8A results. Among all the INEC result sheets, the FormEC8A derived results are the primus inter pares of all INEC results. While others can easily be padded or suppressed or manipulated, those in FormEC8As are difficult to be manipulated.
FormEC8A results are derived from polling units and must be signed and co-signed at the end of the election by the unit’s polling officer, who must also stamped same with the date of the poll and name of the polling unit before being counter-signed by participating party agents; after which each of the participating party agents must be given a copy for onward transmission to his or her party. FormEC8As are key to winning election tribunal cases including being declared winner or getting the fraudulently conducted nullified.
We therefore woke up this morning to see and study on Nigerian social and online media two tabulated and tabled results breakdown of the 2019 Presidential Poll from the 36 States and the FCT. The two tables showed the results declared by INEC side by side with those reportedly originated from accredited foreign observers and the camp of the PDP; clearly indicating the glaring disparities between what INEC declared and those obtained by the duo.
The tables further indicated States where unlawful and inflated vote figures were added to APC as well as where PDP vote figures were suppressed or mangled. Contacts were extensively made to authenticate the source(s) and genuineness of the analytical results breakdown; all done strictly in accordance with corporate and individual citizens’ right of reply. The findings made by the Coalition paid off with reception of a privileged copy of the int’l observers’ obtained results.
We were further made to understand that the foreign observers have resolved to tread with caution so as not to cause diplomatic row or tension by directly and publicly releasing their obtained results. Instance was cited in the Angolan national poll of 1992; where the foreign observers obtained all the results few hours after the results but withheld same for two weeks so as to avoid preemptive publication of same.
Calls were also made by the Coalition to PDP’s camp to ascertain the conformity of its collected FormEC8A results with those of the foreign observers; and the answer was in positive. For easy reading, the plain and disputed or grey areas of the INEC declared results; compared with the undeclared winner’s results are analytically re-presented or broken down by the Coalition below on State-by-State category.
(1) Abia: INEC declared results: APC-85,058, PDP-219,698: Int’l Observers/PDP obtained results(same with INEC declared figures)
(2) Anambra: INEC declared: APC-33,298, PDP-524,738-same with int’l observers/PDP obtained results
(3) Imo: INEC declared: APC-140,961, PDP-334,923-same with int’l observers/PDP obtained results
(4) Ebonyi: INEC declared: APC-90,726, PDP-258,573: int’l observers/PDP(2 votes reduced from PDP votes)
(5) Enugu: INEC declared: APC-54,423, PDP-355,553: int’l observers/PDP remarks (200 votes added to PDP)
(6) Cross River: INEC Declared: APC-117,302, PDP-295,737: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-17,303, PDP-395, 737 (remarks-100,001 added to APC and 100,000 votes deducted from PDP)
(7) Rivers: INEC declared: APC-150,710, PDP-473,971: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-102,195, PDP-7019,044 (remarks-48,515 votes added to APC and 245, 073 deducted from PDP)
(8) Delta: INEC declared: APC-221,392, PDP-594,068: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-171,556, PDP-611,228 (remarks: 49,726 votes added to APC and 17, 160 deducted from PDP)
(9) Edo: INEC declared: APC-267,842, PDP-275,691: int’l observers/PDP(remarks: 42 votes added to APC and 10 added to PDP)
(10) Bayelsa: INEC declared: APC-118,821, PDP-197,933: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-56,910, PDP-414,614 (remarks: 216, 618 votes deducted from PDP)
(11) Akwa Ibom: INEC declared: APC-175,429, PDP-395,832: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-75,429, PDP-497,831 (remarks: 1000,000 votes added to APC and 101, 999 deducted from PDP)
(12) FCT: INEC declared: APC-152,224, PDP-259,997: int’l observers/PDP votes (same with INEC declared)
(13) Kogi: INEC declared: APC-285, 894, PDP-218,207: int’l observers/PDP results (same)
(14) Benue: INEC declared: APC-347, 668, PDP-356,817: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-147,668, PDP-555, 255 (remarks: 200,000 votes added to APC and 198, 438 deducted from PDP)
(15) Niger: INEC declared: APC-612,371, PDP-318,052: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-512,371, PDP-318,052(remarks: 100,000 votes added to APC and 100,000 deducted from PDP)
16. Plateau: INEC declared: APC-468,555, PDP-548,665: int’l observers/PDP remarks (same)
17. Nasarawa: INEC declared: APC-289,903, PDP-283,847: int’l observers/PDP remarks (same)
18. Kwara: INEC declared: APC-308,984, PDP-138,484: int’l observers/PDP remarks (same)
19. Ogun: INEC declared: APC-281, 762, PDP-194,655: int’l observers/PDP remarks (same)
20. Ekiti: INEC declared: APC-219, 231, PDP-154,032: int’l observers/PDP remarks (same)
21. Ondo: INEC declared: APC-241,769, PDP-275, 901: int’l observers/PDP remarks (same)
22. Osun: INEC declared: APC-347,632, PDP-337,377: int’l observers/PDP remarks (20,000 votes deducted from PDP votes)
23. Oyo: INEC declared: APC-365,229, PDP-366,690: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-265,229, PDP-466,690(remarks: 100,000 votes added to APC and 100,000 votes deducted from PDP)
24. Lagos: INEC declared: APC-580,825, PDP-448,015: international observers/PDP results: APC-480,814, PDP-548,061(remarks-100,011 votes added to APC and 100, 046 deducted from PDP)
25. Adamawa: INEC declared: APC-378,078, PDP-410,266: int’l observers/PDP remarks (same)
26. Bauchi: INEC declared: APC-798,428, PDP-209,313: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-598,428, PDP-409,313 (remarks-200,000 votes added to APC and 200,000 deducted from PDP)
27. Gombe: INEC declared: APC-402,961, PDP-138, 848: int’l observers/PDP remarks (same)
28. Yobe: INEC declared: APC-497,914, PDP-50,763: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-297,914, PDP-250,763(remarks-200,000 added to APC and 200,000 deducted from PDP votes)
29. Borno: INEC declared: APC-838,496, PDP-71,788: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-536,496, PDP-371,788 (remarks-302,000 votes added to APC and 300,000 deducted from PDP)
30. Jigawa: INEC declared: APC-734,738, PDP-289,895: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-489,895, PDP-594,338(remarks-305 votes added to APC and 305 deducted from PDP)
31. Taraba: INEC declared: APC-324, 906, PDP-274,743: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-224,096, PDP-474,743(remarks-100,000 votes added to APC and 200,000 deducted from PDP)
32. Kaduna: INEC declared: APC-993,445, PDP-649,612: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-893,445, PDP-749,612(remarks-100,000 votes added to APC and 100,000 deducted from PDP)
33. Sokoto: INEC declared: APC-490,333, PDP-361,604: int’l observers/PDP remarks (same)
34. Zamfara: INEC declared: APC-438,682, PDP-125, 423: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-389,001, PDP-256,490(remarks-49,681 votes added to APC and 131,067 deducted from PDP)
35. Katsina: INEC declared: APC-1,232, 133, PDP-308,056: int’l observers/PDP results: APC- 1,032, 133, PDP-508,056(remarks-200,000 votes added to APC and 200,000 deducted from PDP)
36. Kebbi: INEC declared: APC-581, 552, PDP-154,282: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-399, 729, PDP-198,755 (remarks-181,823 votes added to APC and 44, 473 deducted from PDP)
37. Kano: INEC declared: APC-1,464, 768, PDP-391,593: int’l observers/PDP results: APC-1,064, 768, PDP-791,593 (remarks-400,000 votes added to APC and 400,000 deducted from PDP).
From the above analytical breakdown, it has clearly shown that the results declared by INEC from Abia, Anambra, Imo, FCT, Kogi, Plateau, Nasawara, Kwara, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo, Adamawa, Gombe and Sokoto were in accordance with those possessed or legally obtained by the PDP and accredited int’l observers whereas those results declared by the Commission from the States of Kano, Kebbi, Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Taraba, Jigawa, Borno, Yobe, Ebonyi, Enugu, Cross River, Rivers, Delta, Edo, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Niger, Osun, Bauchi and Lagos were brutally corrupted, padded or mangled; meaning that PDP had its sacred results from such States brutally suppressed or mangled while those of APC got alarmingly inflated. In States like Lagos and Osun, Taraba, Jigawa, among others PDP won clearly but was brutally rigged out, with APC unlawfully returned.
For: Southeast Based Coalition of Human Rights & Democracy Organisations (SBCHROs)
•Jerry Chukwuokoro, PhD
•Prof Justice Chidi-Chidi