*PDP to deploy 40 Million for votes tabulation
With a plan to collate results of tomorrow’s presidential election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday set the stage for a dispute – the Federal Government has claimed.
The opposition party said it had put in place a Parallel Voting Tabulation (PVT) system to collate results. It is deploying 40 million of its members for the job.
But the All Progressives Congress (APC) said it was all a plot to rig the election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is the authority for the collation and announcement of results, but parties and election observers are also free to collate live results. So, many are wondering why the APC is complaining about the same thing they did in 2015.
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed said the PDP was planning to create chaos by creating a parallel electoral umpire.
The Minister claimed that the opposition resorted to the tactic, having realised that it could not win free, fair and peaceful elections. He spoke in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, after an interactive session with retirees and pensioners.
Mohammed added that the alarm “is in line with the warning we have been issuing all along, that the PDP, jittery at the fate that is about to befall it and desperate to grab power at all costs, will seek to scuttle the elections, failing which it will work to discredit the results”.
“The latest manifestation of this desperation was revealed at a news conference by the PDP on Wednesday, during which the party said it would set up a parallel electoral body, under the tag of Parallel Voting Tabulation (PVT) system.
“The PDP said clearly that PVT is a tool that will determine whether or not it accepts the results of the elections. Now, this is anarchy.
“Yes, it is standard practice for political parties to have their own monitoring systems during elections. What is not standard is to set up a pseudo electoral commission and imbue it with the power to collate and announce results. That’s precisely what the PDP is doing under the guise of PVT. And this is totally unacceptable…”
The PDP’s campaign spokesman and chairman of its Strategy Committee, Osita Chidoka, speaking at a news conference in Abuja, described PVT as a “scientifically proven and a best-practice technique” designed to keep umpires on their toes.
Chidoka, specifically said the PDP would be transmitting the results as certified by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) officers at the polling units.
“The PDP has pivoted from recruiting first-time polling agents to recruiting high quality, educated individuals, whose maturity and experience will help them manage and mitigate against challenges on election day,” Chidoka said.
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